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2012.08.22 15:13

No violations as regards the Lithuanian officials in the “teddy bear” incident

2012.08.22 15:13

Lithuanian authorities claim having committed no violations whatever in the so called teddy bear incident, to cause the ongoing diplomatic row between Belarus and Sweden.

Lithuanian authorities claim having committed no violations whatever in the so called teddy bear incident, to cause the ongoing diplomatic row between Belarus and Sweden.

Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense assures that Lithuanian institutions acted strictly according to the law. However, politicians admit that certain legal loopholes do exist and the airspace protection has to be improved.

Law enforcement authorities will conduct investigation and look into the July 4 flight, orchestrated by a Swedish advertising agency. The answers will be provided by the end of September.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko demanded that Vilnius should investigate the incident.

A Swedish light aircraft dropped hundreds of teddy bears on little parachutes with messages supporting freedom of speech and human rights in Belarus, causing infuriation among high officials in Minsk. As the result, Lithuania has been accused of contributing to the incident.

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Arvydas Anusauskas, Chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence:

It was a violation, and law enforcement authorities are investigating it. Their will probably ask Sweden for assistance. I think, we can expect results to be known before the end of September.

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian Prime Minister:

The situation should be seen as an incident caused by a private initiative. Governmental institutions have nothing to do with it. (Reporter asks about Lukashenko’s threatening statements addressed to Lithuania) I’d rather abstain from judging. I think we are neighbors, and neighbors can sort their affairs out without any such statements.