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2019.09.10 15:32

Russia influence investigation must not be used as political instrument, Seimas speaker warns

BNS2019.09.10 15:32

A planned parliamentary investigation of Russian influence on the Lithuanian political system must not be allowed to degenerate into a vehicle for factional ambitions, says Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

Pranckietis made the statement as he opened the parliament's autumn session in reference to a probe by the Committee on National Security and Defence.

“The planned investigation into Russia's influence on our political system will draw a lot of attention. It is important that it is conducted by impartially looking into the circumstances and facts. It is very important that the Committee [on National Security and Defence] does not become a vehicle to satisfy ambition, but retains a good name and public trust,” Pranckietis told members of parliament.

He later told reporters that the parliament should also investigate the ties between Lithuanian businesses and Russia.

Reviewing the parliamentary session ahead, Pranckietis said the parties in parliament needed to reach a national agreement on education.

There are also plans to raise child benefits, introduce free school meals, cut medication prices, Pranckietis said.

The Seimas of Lithuania holds its autumn session between September 10 and December 23.

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