BNS The Lithuanian parliament’s board has sanctioned a trip for Liberal MP Petras Auštrevičius and Conservative MP Kazys Starkevičius to Ukraine, which is still locked in anti-government protests.
The Lithuanian parliament’s board has sanctioned a trip for Liberal MP Petras Auštrevičius and Conservative MP Kazys Starkevičius to Ukraine, which is still locked in anti-government protests.
On Friday, the board approved of the two MPs’ two-day private trip to Kiev.
In Auštrevičius’ words, they plan to meet with the protesters and opposition figures, also not ruling out meetings with government officials.
“First of all, it is a private trip, it is not an authorisation from the parliament; we were allowed to go on a trip. We will try to be in Maidan in solidarity with the people there. I hope we will manage to inform the Maidan participants about the Seimas’ statement on the situation in Ukraine, we do not doubt we will meet with the opposition leaders, and I also do not rule out the possibility of contacts with the government, the embassy has taken such steps,” Auštrevičius told BNS.
Earlier this week, the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee decided not to send an official delegation to Ukraine, the committee’s chairman Benediktas Juodka of the ruling Social Democrats told BNS on Friday. In his words, the decision is due to the fact that key officials of the European Union (EU) are already in Ukraine.
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