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2015.09.08 13:45

Russia claims to have detained the Lithuanian intelligence officer

Algirdas Acus 2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania does not comment on Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announcement claiming about detained Lithuanian intelligence officer. However, Minister of Foreign Affairs finds it interesting that the news comes right before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, while Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security thinks it could be a response to previous unmasking of Russian spies made by Lithuania.

Lithuania does not comment on Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announcement claiming about detained Lithuanian intelligence officer. However, Minister of Foreign Affairs finds it interesting that the news comes right before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, while Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security thinks it could be a response to previous unmasking of Russian spies made by Lithuania.

FSB press service claims that on 19 May, the Russian FSB in Moscow detained a Lithuanian citizen, an employee of the unlawful intelligence of the Republic of Lithuania. The foreign intelligence agent was caught with evidence after receiving documents with classified information from a Russian citizen.

Russia's FSB claims that during an interrogation the Lithuanian officer admitted he was an officer of the Lithuanian Defence Ministry's Second Investigation Department, the Interfax news agency reports.

Lithuania does not comment on that kind of announcement, but Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said that after receiving information at the embassy diplomats will now try to meet with the detained Lithuanian and noticed that Russia usually takes similar incidents in public before important EU summits. Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga starts today.

Meanwhile Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security Artūras Paulauskas said the news from Russia comes after the arrest of a Russian citizen in Lithuania, three weeks ago, who, prosecutors said, was an FSB employee.

It has been a fourth spying case disclosed by Lithuanian law enforcement and intelligence over the last year.

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ARTŪRAS PAULAUSKAS, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of National Security and Defence:
Russian intelligence lately has become very active. We have several times announced about unmasking their agents by sending them away or detaining. So it is natural that we should have expected some kind of response. The response did not take a long time. However, international practice of intelligence is that states do not comment on intelligence processes, and Lithuania in this particular case will not comment the information that appeared in Russian media.

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