Two out of four members of the Lithuanian delegation decided to boycott the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which is taking place in Strasbourg. Baltictimes reports this.
Emanuelis Zingeris of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats and Simonas Gentvilas of the Liberal Movement say they are thus protesting Russia's return to PACE.
According to Zingeris, the key factors, which denoted his position, were the request of Ukraine's delegation head Yelyzaveta Yasko, Moscow's refusal to observe the European Resolutions of the Council relating to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the downing of MH17 and violations of human rights in the Russian Federation.
"I decided to skip the autumn session's meetings from late September to early October (and) not to take part in any of (...) the session's activities," Zingeris said.
The Foreign Ministry says the Lithuania delegation's participation in the session will be more helpful than a boycott.
According to the ministry's spokeswoman, the parliamentarians will have an opportunity to voice their position not only during the session but also at a meeting with France's European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin.