Lithuania recalls Ambassador from Russia because of threats

Литва отзывает посла из России из-за угроз

Ambassador is a special witness in the pretrial investigation.

Lithuania recalls its Ambassador in Russia Remigius of Motuzas for consultations, reports DW.

One of the reason was the threat to the address of Motuzas after the Vilnius district court found the former Minister of defence of the USSR Dmitry Yazov and several other Russians convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the case of the events of 13 January 1991. Then in clashes with the attempt of the Soviet army and special forces to occupy the TV tower in Vilnius and the Lithuanian radio and TV killed 14 people, more than a thousand unarmed people were injured.

The Lithuanian side was accused of civilian deaths the Soviet military and political leadership of the USSR.

“The Ambassador speaks for consultations because of the vulnerability due to threats received by the Embassy, the Embassy staff and the Ambassador after the verdict in the “case of January 13” – said the press attache of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Rasa Akilian.

“Because there is an investigation, has the status of a special witness, and since it is connected with Russia, in a sense, the Ambassador may be vulnerable, – said the foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, the Agency BNS. – He may some time it is better not to drive in this country.”

The status of specificities is assigned if the person polled on the matter, but grounds for filing suspicion is not enough.