aA
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday that the country was considering expelling Russian intelligence officers working under the disguise as diplomats.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

Grybauskaitė's statement came in response to a question about the country's possible response to the poisoning of a former British double spy, an incident the United Kingdom accuses Russia for.

In her words, Lithuania can also add new points to the so-called national Magnitsky list, which currently includes 49 Russian citizens who are banned from coming to Lithuania for corruption, money laundering and human rights violations.

"A broad variety of measures is possible, including expulsion of individual intelligence officers identified by Lithuania, as well as expansion of the national Magnitsky Act," the president told journalists in Brussels.

"I believe that cracking of the intelligence ring in all countries of Europe and destruction of the Russian intelligence network is a common task," she said.

Grybauskaitė said that the expulsion decision would be made shortly.

Former double spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in the United Kingdom in early March. In response to the incident, the United Kingdom expelled 23 Russian diplomats, a move that drew an analogous step on the Russian side.

In 2014, Lithuania expelled Russia's consul general to Klaipėda, Vladimir Malygin, who had been identified by Lithuanian authorities as an employee of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Fewer people think situation in Lithuania is improving, poll finds

A mere eight percent of the population believe that the situation in Lithuania is improving, while...

President and PM see protecting electricity consumers as top priority

President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Thursday discussed the situation in...

33 illegal migrants tried to enter Lithuania from Belarus

On Wednesday, 17 August, Lithuanian border guards prevented 33 migrants from entering the country...

Presidency hopes new additions to Ministry of Foreign Affairs will bring positive change

The Office of the President welcomes changes in the political team of Foreign Minister Gabrielius...

Minister: China hasn't officially informed Lithuania of cut in transport ties

China has not yet officially notified the Lithuanian Transport Ministry that it is severing transport...

Top news

PC numbers down in Lithuania, internet access up

80 percent of households in Lithuania had personal computers at home this year, down 1 percent from...

Lithuanian space industry coordinator sought

The European Space Agency ( ESA ), together with the Economy and Innovation Ministry, is looking...

Fewer people think situation in Lithuania is improving, poll finds

A mere eight percent of the population believe that the situation in Lithuania is improving, while...

Landsbergis: PM has not shown much ambition to become Conservative party’s leader

Leader of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat party (TS-LKD) Gabrielius Landsbergis...

Independent electricity supplier Perlas Energija ceases operations

A fortnight after announcing that its customers would be moved from fixed-price plans to...