Lithuania Expels Russian Ambassador Over Ukraine War

Lithuania ordered its Russian ambassador to leave the country on Monday as a response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis announced that the country had expelled its Russian ambassador and downgraded the diplomatic representation. Russia’s consulate in the city of Klaipėda will also be closed.

“The brutality of the Russian occupation forces has gone beyond any norms of the civilized world,” Landsbergis said. 

The decision was made amid the killings of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha. Landsbergis said that the incident in Bucha might only be the beginning of more horrific instances of Russia’s war crime.

“Russia has ceased to be a civilized country. I don’t know if it was ever one, now it’s definitely not,” Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė wrote on Twitter.

Šimonytė has announced that Lithuania also will cease to consume Russian gas, making the European Union country the first to refuse Russian gas imports. 

Landsbergis also urged other EU countries to “pull the plug” and stop importing oil and gas from Russia. 

“Buying oil and gas from Russia is financing war crimes,” Landsbergis said.

Lithuania has also announced it will not accept international IT companies relocating from Russia. 

According to the office of the Lithuanian President, IT companies from Russia pose threat to the national security of the country.

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