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Lithuania, Russia 'expel diplomats'
Monsters and Critics ^ | Oct 8, 2006

Posted on 10/08/2006 1:07:25 PM PDT by lizol

Lithuania, Russia 'expel diplomats'

Oct 8, 2006, 18:04 GMT

Vilnius - Lithuania has expelled a Russian diplomat and Russia intends to expel a Lithuanian in retaliation, media sources in Lithuania reported on Sunday.

The high-ranking Russian, a diplomat working in Vilnius, was expelled on suspicion of espionage and trying to influence Lithuania's support of Georgia in its current dispute with Russia, according to reports by the Lithuanian national radio and Baltic News Service BNS.

Russia intends to expel a Lithuanian diplomat in retaliation, the news services added. Neither the Lithuanian nor Russian foreign ministries have yet commented on the reports.

Lithuania, a NATO member since 2004, has come out strongly in support of Tbilisi in its current dispute with Moscow, which began when Georgian police arrested four Russian military officers as spies in late September.

The four were later handed over to OSCE observers, but Moscow then severed all transport links to Georgia and expelled more than 100 Georgian citizens, a move the Georgian foreign minister likened to 'ethnic cleansing.'


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: espionage; georgia; intelligence; kgb; lithuania; russia; spy

1 posted on 10/08/2006 1:07:26 PM PDT by lizol
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To: floridavoter2; PoParma; goarmy; G8 Diplomat; mick; PaulJ; steve54; Mike Fieschko; Angelas; ...
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2 posted on 10/08/2006 1:07:58 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: strategofr; GSlob; spanalot; Thunder90; Tailgunner Joe; propertius; REactor; twinself; ...

Ping


3 posted on 10/08/2006 1:08:55 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

Makes sense if and only if they do not accredit a replacement: it is more trouble to keep track on a new kegebun than to have one fewer kegebun to keep an eye on.


4 posted on 10/08/2006 1:12:35 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: lizol
Russia doesn't play well with others...so they look for new friends like Iran and North Korea.

The quicker that Russians,both the powerful and the powerless,realize that they live in a Third World country the better for the cause of world peace.

5 posted on 10/08/2006 1:26:18 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: lizol
Little guys have to stick together around those parts.

The CIS and Baltic press on Russia

Not part of GUAM, and not reported above, so this is good news!

Thank you, Lithuania.

6 posted on 10/08/2006 1:29:28 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: lizol

Seems like russia is still a poor neighbor to ALL its neighbors.


7 posted on 10/08/2006 1:38:22 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: lizol; Thunder90; struwwelpeter
Lithuania involved in Russian-Georgian conflict

"According to Lithuania media reports, in the first days of the Georgian-Russian conflict, only the right-wing Lithuanian politicians voiced support of Saakashvili action. For example, head of the rightist Union of Fatherland Andrius Kubilius called Lithuanian political herd to express solidarity with Georgia and take “concrete action” in the context of her conflict with Russia.

However, recently already most high-ranking Lithuanian officials one after another made statements of open support of Georgia and implied condemnation of Russia’s conduct. Moreover, it was exactly president of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus who suddenly initiated a “support phone call” to Saakashvili from Lvov where Lithuanian, Polish, and Ukrainian presidents were meeting.

The presidents of the three nations gathered Sep 30 in Lvov to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the “capital of the Western Ukraine.” Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus, however, got there an idea to call the Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili on behalf of the troika and thereby express support to his confronting Russia in the situation when neither the US nor the main EU countries had voiced any direct support at the top level.

“The West is in no hurry to interfere, and Vilnius…” – says Lithuanian web portal geopolitica.lt. “Moscow’s irritation is caused by the action of the ‘historical triumvirate.’” Presidents of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine Valdas Adamkus, Lech Kaczynski, and Viktor Yushchenko voiced last Saturday support of the Georgia’s conflicting with Russia." By doing that, a commentator upholds, the three states wanted to demonstrate a common position on the issue and, at the same time, draw attention of the world community to the situation.

Speaking at a press conference, Valdas Adamkus said: “We wanted to show that at least three states in the region are unanimous on the issue. We also wanted to point out that the created tension should be resolved by way of a dialog and attract attention of international organizations. Georgia has a right to defend interests, being guided by her legislation, and to demonstrate by that that she is not a side that wants to create a turmoil in the region.”

As The Guardian commented on the events, such “moral support” is of vital importance to Tbilisi. The geopolitica.lt portal remarks on the phrasing: “For M. Saakashvili it sounds as a call to take even more active effort on the way of entering NATO, which is supposed to become a certain umbrella protecting from Moscow’s expansion in the region. A different, although maybe a rhetorical question is, did Vilnius need to ‘pull the lion’s whiskers?’”

My personal commentary - Georgia wants international peacekeepers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and had one failure already to obtain them. This is at least partly about helping to up the request.

8 posted on 10/08/2006 1:41:57 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: lizol
Way to go, Lietuva!
9 posted on 10/08/2006 1:46:59 PM PDT by Angelas
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To: lizol

Rosh doesn't get along well with her neighbors, does she?


10 posted on 10/08/2006 1:55:20 PM PDT by RoadTest (Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him -Proverbs 26:12)
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To: MarMema
Having a large hostile minority of any kind [be they called Chechens, Albanians, Abkhazians, Palestinians, South Osetians, or whatever else] is a prescription for disaster since keeping them under perpetual control and subjection means an open ended commitment of resources, hardens their hostility and identities [thus prevents assimilation], and pretty soon becomes not worth it. The sooner all concerned get to this simple truth, the better. As even Machiavelli knew and wrote in his chapter on fortresses, "the best security [fortress] is not to become hated".
11 posted on 10/08/2006 1:57:59 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: lizol

This is becoming a weekly and sometimes daily event. Russia does'nt understand equal diplomacy it seems,and its sad that so many Russsians support these idiots in power. They are the imperialist power not the US. If russia had a grade school report card the teacher would always put a check mark in the "Does not get along well with others" box. :)


12 posted on 10/08/2006 2:08:31 PM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: GSlob

Very true.


13 posted on 10/08/2006 2:36:14 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: GSlob

Vilnius (and Moscow, for that matter) have been nests of spies since the days of the Cold War. Most Lithuanians probably see this as page B6 news.


14 posted on 10/08/2006 3:19:38 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: lizol

Putin is dumber than he looks - petro prices are plummeting and he's gonna be the one out in the cold this winter.


15 posted on 10/08/2006 3:21:36 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: 1rudeboy

Well, in my day I've been to both places [in Moscow I even grew up], and if anything, I'd say that spying paranoia is more fitting part of Moscow description.


16 posted on 10/08/2006 3:24:49 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Angelas

It's Lietuvas, with an s.

And yes, go Lithuania!!


17 posted on 10/08/2006 5:04:54 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: G8 Diplomat
Now, now . . . it depends. Depending on declension, it is:

what? Lietuva,
whose? Lietuvos,
to whom? Lietuvai
"specific" what? Lietuva (the 'a' with a 'tail')
with what? Lietuva
where? Lietuvoje

I sure hope my Lugan teacher doesn't see this.
18 posted on 10/08/2006 5:15:57 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Oh...sorry I only know a little bit of Lithuanian :)


19 posted on 10/08/2006 6:21:39 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: G8 Diplomat

That's good. Any is some!


20 posted on 10/08/2006 7:09:30 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: lizol
The Putin players - whose who:

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, presides a Security Council meeting at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. Shown from left, are: Federal Security Service (FSB) director Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Putin. Russia pledged Sunday to hunt down the killers of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya but her colleagues said they will mount their own investigation, certain she was killed because of her critical reporting of President Vladimir Putin's war in Chechnya. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS/Presidential Press Service, Vladimir Rodionov)

"Putin. Russia pledged Sunday to hunt down the killers of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya."

All he has to do is locate the nearest mirror.

21 posted on 10/09/2006 12:13:15 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: Gay State Conservative

A third world country with nukes!


22 posted on 10/09/2006 5:55:23 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: MarMema

Nera uz ka! (Thank you)


23 posted on 10/09/2006 3:03:08 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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