Moscow and Vilnius left without ambassadors

Eitvydas Bayarunas, Lithuanian Ambassador to Russia, will cease to perform his duties from 1 June. This is stated in the Lithuanian government’s draft resolution of 12 May.

The dismissal of Eitvydas Bayarunas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Russian Federation, from 1 June 2022 comes from a document published on the website of the Lithuanian Seimas.

On June 7, a week after the ambassador was recalled, St. The Consulate General of Lithuania in St. Petersburg will be liquidated. The diplomatic mission has been closed since April 29.

On April 21, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the diplomatic missions of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were in St. Petersburg withdrew his work permit.

Russian consulates were soon closed on the territory of the republic, as well as in Latvia and Estonia: Klaipeda, Liepaja, Daugavpils and Narva. Russia The Consulate General of Latvia in St. Petersburg and Pskov, St. Petersburg and its office in Pskov and the aforementioned St. He responded by announcing the closure of the Lithuanian Consulate General in St. Petersburg.

Also on April 4, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced that the country has downgraded diplomatic relations with Russia. He also announced that Vilnius plans to recall the Moscow ambassador, and that the Russian ambassador, Aleksey Isakov, was ordered by the Lithuanian government to leave the country.

provocative decision

On May 10, the Lithuanian Seimas unanimously decided to recognize Russia as a “terrorist state” because of a special military operation on Ukrainian territory.

All 128 deputies voted for the resolution. Lithuania considered Russia’s actions “a genocide against the Ukrainian population” and also urged the world community to create a special criminal court that will consider the events in Ukraine and deal with the issue of “Russian aggression”. According to the Lithuanian side, such a court should be able to issue an international arrest warrant and the immunity of the authorities should not be limited to immunity.

“The Russian Federation, which has chosen civilian targets to deliberately and systematically bombard the armed forces, is a state that supports and carries out terrorism,” the Sejm said in a statement.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described the decision as “provocative and extremist”. According to him, the resolution of the Lithuanian parliament is in no way connected with the desire to resolve the already extremely difficult situation in Ukraine.

“Let me remind you that perhaps such statements have been forgotten in countries that have adopted such statements and taken such extremist steps… First, all these countries are members of NATO. Over the past decades, we have repeatedly seen illegal, aggressive acts of NATO that have resulted in massive loss of life without any legal basis or reality on the ground. On the contrary, these actions of the alliance and its individual members gave rise to new conflicts where it was not even planned. This is the bombing of Yugoslavia and Iraq and the situation in Afghanistan,” he said.

Lithuania recalled its ambassador to Russia, and St. He liquidated the consulate general in St. Petersburg. In April, the Lithuanian government ordered Russian Ambassador Alexei Isakov to leave the country. In addition, the Lithuanian diplomatic mission in the northern capital of Russia was closed at the end of April, and previous Russian consulates in the Baltic states were liquidated. In early May, the Lithuanian Seimas declared the Russian Federation a terrorist state, and Moscow described the Lithuanian deputies’ decision as an “extreme step”.

Source: Gazeta


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