The Lithuanian authorities have reduced the diplomatic representation of Russia within the country.Alexei Isakov was expelled as ambassadorThe consulate in Klaipeda was closed. According to Delfi, Gabrielius Landsbergis (Lithuanian Foreign Minister) has also announced that Eitvydas Bayarunas (Lithuanian ambassador to Moscow), will be leaving his post.
“In response to the continued Russian aggression against the sovereign Ukraine and The atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces within several occupied Ukrainian citiesincluding the horrific massacre in Bucha and other Ukrainian cities, the Lithuanian government has decided to reduce the level of diplomatic representation,” Landsbergis explained.
Minister Landsbergis stated that European Union and Atlantic Alliance partners were made aware of these steps, and they have been asked to do the same.. He claimed that he played an “unconstructive role” in the closing of Klaipeda’s consulate..
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“Discussions are ongoing. I can’t give an exact date. When the decisions are made, we will announce them”, Landsbergis explained to the media, although he has underlined thatIt is still “too soon” to speak about it.
Lithuania and Belarus share over 650 km of borderIt shares approximately 270 km with Russia, while it is also close to the excalve at the Kaliningrad Oblast.