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Lithuanian president condemns scandalous hunt attended by Duklavs for its non-transparency

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULithuanian Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitiene’s explanations about dinner and hunt with Latvian Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs and her interpretation of said dinner and hunt creates tension in relations with Latvia, Says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

«Weak understanding of transparency is characteristic of this government. Tolerance of abuse of official power, decisions, protection of personal interests, attempts to resolve problems by means of secret meetings – all of this delays state development and reduces people’s trust in the government. The minister’s story about the hunt is no excuse. By interpreting it, the minister also created diplomatic tension with our neighbouring country,» – as Lithuanian president’s words are cited by her press-service.

Grybauskaite noted that Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, who is responsible for the work of all ministers, should take responsibility to help increase transparency.

«The prime minister is directly responsible for the work performed by the government and the ministers. This is why he should take charge over the transparency of work of members of the government,» – Grybauskaite said.

Last week, Butkevičius announced his plans to request and explanation from Baltraitiene in regards to the dinner and hunt that took place at the end of July in Paneveza.

Aside from the ministers from the two Baltic countries, the aforementioned dinner and hunt were also attended by the head of Lithuania’s Food and Veterinary Service Jonas Milius and his Latvian counterpart Maris Balodis, as well as the manager of Biovela meat processing company Virginijus Kantauskas and the head of Dojus agro agriculture machinery distribution company Prans Dailide.

Both Baltraitiene and Duklavs have provided contradicting accounts about the scandalous dinner event. The Lithuanian minister said the businessmen were invited by Duklavs. The latter denied doing that. There is also no clarity in regards to the person who financed the whole meeting.

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