Russia aims to downplay Vilnius energy forum – Lithuanian PM
Lithuanian PM Kirkilas Russian told to the National Radio that President Vladimir Putin is aiming to downplay the international Vilnius energy forum by inviting his French counterpart to Moscow during the event, says.
“This is the second part of the event. The first took place in Krakow in spring, and Russia’s behaviour was similar then. It is doing the same thing this time – aims to downplay the event. I am convinced that our president will speak with the French president who is in support of our event. Russia’s attempts to destroy it can only be regretted. Especially since Russia was also invited to the energy meeting”.
President Putin ignored the invitation to participate in the event, delegating Ambassador Boris Tsepov.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice rejected the invitation to Vilnius due to plans to travel to Russia.