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2019.08.14 16:00

Lithuanian intelligence names Russian-led Orthodox forum a foreign policy tool

BNS2019.08.14 16:00

The participation of politicians in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy is a risk factor, Vaidotas Mažeika, deputy director of Lithuania's State Security Department (VSD) said on Wednesday.

"It's a parliamentary forum which, we believe, is used for foreign policy goals. In our opinion, the participation of lawmakers in such a format constitutes a risk factor," Mazeika told journalists on Wednesday.

The head of the VSD presented information on the orthodox forum during a closed-door sitting of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense on Wednesday.

The committee held the meeting at the initiative of opposition representatives and discussed the situation around MP Irina Rozova's recent participation in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy in Georgia.

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Lithuania's opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats have earlier expressed their concern over Rozova's participation in the forum.

Rozova is a member of the Russian alliance that is part of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance's political group in the Seimas.

She told BNS last week that she didnd't receive any warning from the VSD no to attend the event in Tblisi, and said the Board of Seimas approved her attendance.

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