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MP Raimundas Lopata recently proposed adopting a law that would oblige Lithuanian companies to terminate business ties with Russia, which has been recognised as a terrorist state in Lithuania. Yet Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis has doubts about how this law would be implemented in practice.
Gabrielius Landsbergis
Gabrielius Landsbergis
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“So far, I assess this as a theoretic, political science discussion because I am not sure how this would be implemented in practice. It raises many questions,” Landsbergis said in an interview with the news agency ELTA.

The foreign minister agreed with the opinion of the Office of the President that Lithuania has well safeguarded its strategic sectors from Russia’s influence.

According to the Conservative leader, now other countries wishing to protect their strategic sectors and business from the influence of hostile states are examining Lithuania’s practices.

However, as regards completely breaking off business ties with Russia, the minister reiterated that it would be difficult to apply this in practice.

Landsbergis said there are diplomatic relations and certain international commitments. For instance, the trilateral agreement between Lithuania, the EU and Russia on the transit of passengers.

“Therefore, I say let this theoretical discussion continue, the Seimas has the right to discuss everything. Perhaps it will reach some sort of a decision not necessarily at the level that was proposed, perhaps at a somewhat lesser level that could be implemented in practice and increase Lithuania’s security,” said the foreign minister.

As reported, Liberal Movement’s MP Lopata in July suggested that Lithuania should pass a law obliging companies to cut off business ties within three months since a country is recognised to be a state sponsor or perpetrator of terrorism.

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