Lithuania took the incident in Georgia very seriously

August 8, 2007 at 9:23 am 1 comment

Saakashvil at the sceneAccording to the President Palace press release the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus had a telephone conversation with President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili. The release stated that the Presidents discussed an incident with Russian fighter planes Su-24 in Georgia.  President Adamkus noted that Lithuania was concerned about such incidents against Georgia.

The Lithuanian President delegated Minister of Foreign Affairs Petras Vaitiekūnas, currently on a visit to the United States of America, to discuss this issue with the U.S. partners and raise it among the European Union member states.As the Foreign Ministry reported the Minister Vaitiekunas had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili from Washington.The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has also reported that during the conversation, Minister Vaitiekūnas stressed that the international community should take more active steps to guarantee Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In situations like that, it is vital that the response to provocation is cold-blooded and does not escalate the tension.   Vaitiekūnas promised to initiate a discussion of this matter in the European Union and NATO.

The Foreign Ministry has informed BNS that during Tuesday’s meeting with Deputy US Secretary of State John Negroponte, Vaitiekunas voiced concern about the recent events in Georgia. In his own turn, Negroponte said he understood Lithuania’s worries and guaranteed that this matter would be brought forward at a meeting with representatives of the Russian Federation.T

he Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has reported that the incident was registered by UN observers as well.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Georgia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Russia.

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