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Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry summons Russia’s chargé d’affaires ad interim

Created: 2024.02.19 / Updated: 2024.02.20 10:31

On 19 February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Vilnius.

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry expressed a strong protest to the Russian diplomat over the death of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, on 16 February in an Arctic prison and stressed that the ultimate responsibility for Navalny’s death lay with Putin and his regime.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania also requested the Russian representative to allow for a thorough, independent international investigation of the circumstances of Navalny’s death and to hand over Navalny’s body immediately to his family members.

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry noted that it would work together with other international partners to ensure that the Russian authorities and other individuals responsible for Navalny’s death would be brought to justice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania also demanded that all mourners detained across Russia in recent days while paying tribute to the memory of Navalny should be released immediately.

Russia’s chargé d’affaires ad interim was reminded that Lithuania, together with international partners, repeatedly condemned the Russian authorities’ campaign of persecution against Navalny, as well as attempts to poison him with the Novichok nerve agent, and consistently demanded his immediate release.

The Foreign Ministry called for an immediate and unconditional release of Yuri Dmitriev, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Ilya Yashin, Alexei Gorinov, Lilia Chanysheva, Ksenia Fadeeva, Alexandra Skochilenko and Ivan Safronov, and all other political prisoners in Russia.

In addition, Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry voiced a strict protest over the Russian Federation’s decision to organise presidential elections in temporarily occupied and illegally annexed territories of Ukraine on 15-17 March.


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