Russia’s response to the note has been received
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 17 April, received a response to its note of 12 April over safety and security of the staff of the Lithuanian diplomatic representation and their family members in Moscow from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The Lithuanian party is informed that, having received the note over threats to the staff of the Lithuanian diplomatic representation and their family members, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has informed Russian competent services about it in order for them to take all necessity measures.
A representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was handed the note concerning the threats and was repeatedly asked to carry out an investigation into the incident, to inform about the results and ensure the safety and security of the staff of the diplomatic representation and their family members as stipulated in Article 29 of the 1961Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
On 31 March the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow received the letter which contained threats to the Embassy staff and their family members in relation to the ruling by the Vilnius Regional Court in the criminal case regarding the events of 13 January in case they did not leave Moscow within a month. The letter was signed by “Russian Veterans”, an organisation that unites veterans of Russian special services.
On June 18 a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania to express profound concern about the recent legislative initiative of State Duma deputy A. Zhuravlev to revoke USSR Supreme Council Resolution of 24 December 1989 condemning of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocols, which divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influences and paved the way to invading Poland in 1939 and led to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called “presidential elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region on March 22, 2020.
This statement is delivered on behalf of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the return of Ukrainian citizens who were illegally captured and detained by Russia. Among the released prisoners is Oleh Sencov, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2018, Edem Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar activist and other political prisoners, as well as 24 sailors captured during the aggressive actions of Russia in the Strait of Kerch in 2018. We share the joy of the families of those released and wish them a prompt recovery.