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2014.05.06 11:38

Russia’s decision reducing mutual trust – Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.05.06 11:38

(BNS) Russia’s decision to suspend an agreement with Lithuania on providing information about weaponry in the Russian region of Kaliningrad demonstrates Russia’s unwillingness to communicate constructively, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said on Monday.

 (BNS) Russia’s decision to suspend an agreement with Lithuania on providing information about weaponry in the Russian region of Kaliningrad demonstrates Russia’s unwillingness to communicate constructively, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said on Monday.

The minister expressed regret over Moscow’s decision but added that Lithuania would find other ways to get necessary information about the situation in Kaliningrad.

“I wouldn’t want to make guesses on the reasons but such a move is reducing mutual trust and gives nothing to the atmosphere of good cooperation,” the minister told BNS on the phone from Paris where he is currently on a visit.

“During the times of modern technologies, we can get that information other ways as well and, of course, we will get it. But the very move is upsetting and demonstrates Russia’s unwillingness to communicate constructively, to build mutual trust. We can only express regret over this move,” Linkevičius said

Earlier in he day, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defence announced to have received a diplomatic note from Russia, stating that Russia is unilaterally suspending the 2001 bilateral Lithuanian-Russian agreement on additional confidence and security building measures.

According to the ministry, the agreement stipulated that the states will exchange information about their armed forces as well as conduct bilateral military inspections.

“It was agreed to use the format of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Lithuania does not participate in for exchange of information, and conduct inspections under the conditions of the Vienna Document. On the Russian side, the agreement was applied to its forces in Kaliningrad. After Russia imposed a moratorium on the CFE in 2007, it seized providing information but bilateral inspections continued,” the Ministry of National Defence said.

Lithuania has implemented all conditions of the agreement and has not given Russia a pretext for such a move, the ministry said in the statement.

“Such a move by Russia demonstrates Russia’s unwillingness to ensure mutual trust and can be deemed another move towards the destruction of the mutual trust and security system in Europe,” the statement said.

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