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Records show Lithuanian officials discuss Armenia, Azerbaijan

Records show Lithuanian officials discuss Armenia, Azerbaijan

PanARMENIAN.Net - Records of Lithuanian diplomats’ alleged phone conversations, leaked online, are provocation, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said, adding that the Foreign Ministry is carrying out an investigation into the incident, The Lithuania Tribune reports.

Records are said to have been uploaded to youtube.com on July 8, 2013, in one of which, two Lithuanian diplomats are said to be involved in a conversation. It is presumed that one of the diplomats is Zenonas Kumetaitis, deputy director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Eastern Neighbourhood Policy Department, and the other one is Renatas Juška, Lithuania’s Ambassador to Hungary.

The men in the recording are having an informal conversation about Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius’ visit to the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, peculiarities of communication between the minister and vice-ministers, sharing remarks on Azerbaijan-Armenia relations, personal opinions on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani and Armenians’ active participation in the resolution of issues related to them at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the establishment of a group of friendship with Nagorno Karabakh in the Lithuanian Seimas.

“I am supportive of those who lead Armenians. They are also Christians and Stalin regime made them suffer. Their territories were also reshaped just the way it was with us. And I support them. In a very passive way but…,” the man, named as Juska, said.

“And from the religious or just common human point of view, Armenia seems closer, though they are also the rotten ones. So it depends. For me it’s the most important thing that all of them stay aboard in the wake of the summit,” the other participants of the conversation said.

“There were some weeks when that Armenian and that Azeri man used to come to us to sort out which side we are supportive of, Armenian or Azerbaijan one,” he also said.

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