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2013.08.21 10:49

Mantas Adomėnas on distrust of ambassadors: the first shot was successful

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.08.21 10:49

The Lithuania Tribune presents an article by Vytenis Radžiūnas about the recent diplomatic dialogue leaks between the Lithuanian ambassadors to Hungary and Azerbaijan, and what consequences these actions may have for future diplomatic relations. 

The Lithuania Tribune presents an article by Vytenis Radžiūnas about the recent diplomatic dialogue leaks between the Lithuanian ambassadors to Hungary and Azerbaijan, and what consequences these actions may have for future diplomatic relations.

“Imposed and artificially induced discussion shows that we are unprepared to defend our information field from provocations,” said Mantas Adomėnas to LRT.lt after the claim of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius that Lithuanian diplomats, who fell into the scandal for conversation recording, lost trust.

“We have no possibility to verify the authenticity of the records.”

“I was surprised how willingly we submit to provocation and how willingly we go into the discussion, imposed by obscure sources. If these records were the material in legal proceedings, they could not be used because they were obtained illegally,” claims the Parliament member of Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democratic M. Adomėnas.

According to the Parliament member only a few countries – Russia, China and the US – may have possibilities of such a level to listen to conversations directly from the transferer.

“Imposed and artificially induced discussion shows that we are unprepared to defend our information field from provocations. And since the third Eastern Partnership Summit, as well as the autumn political programme are coming, I think it is a very alarming sign that the first shot has been successful: the goals have been achieved, the internal conflict, dismissals, appointments have been caused. In other words, it shows that we have no immunity to provocations from the outside,” Adomėnas further noted.

Raimundas Lopata: in assessment we cannot rely on provocation

International relations expert professor Raimundas Lopata thinks likewise. Speaking to LRT.lt, the political scientist draws the attention to the fact that we have no possibility to verify the authenticity of the records, as they were created not in our country.

“And so this is the provocation. We cannot rely on provocation in our assessment, we rely on interviews, which viewing from our point should not exist.By statements about political trust of ambassadors, Lithuanian foreign policy leadership creates a huge problem to the country’s national interests and makes them dependent on similar provocations. Or it is a misunderstanding of what is actually going on, or we can see how consistently the foreign influence agency operates?” Lopata reflected.

Lauras Bielinis: ambassadors acted irresponsibly

 In turn, political scientist Lauras Bielinis is convinced that ambassadors had acted irresponsibly.

“Technically and politically, ambassadors have to understand the world they live in and even their private dialogues are an action that others can use against them, and against Lithuania,” Bielinis said.

According to the political scientist, the fate of ambassadors will depend on political administrative convenience, which apparently “will be determined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA), the President’s and the Prime Minister’s solutions.”

“If they lost trust, so they lost it. It may not appear on the basis of the conversations,” commented the Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee Benediktas Juodka comments to LRT.lt.

“Maybe there were some other defects of the ambassadors’ work, not only the conversations with each other, where the names of our leaders were mentioned quite ironically”.

The conclusions

LRT.lt reminded that on Monday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius claimed that the ambassador to Azerbaijan Artūras Žurauskas, and ambassador to Hungary Renatas Juška, lost any trust in them after falling into the scandal for conversation recording.

The Prime Minister assured that the final decision on the compromised diplomats will be made after the Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius makes his own conclusions.

Juška, and Žurauskas, along with Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department Deputy Zenonas Kumetaitis and MFA’s officer Gediminas Kasputis, fell into the scandal after their alleged conversation recordings circulated online.

The recordings were published on 8 July 2013 on YouTube, although the conversations have been purportedly uploaded in April.

Shortly after the incident, Žurauskas submitted his resignation, which has not yet been tendered. 

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