Pro-Chechen conference sparks diplomatic tension

  • 2003-02-27
  • Steve Paulikas
VILNIUSRelations between Moscow and Vilnius ratcheted up a notch this week, as a recent conference in Vilnius on Chechen independence sparked accusations that Lithuania was supporting the separatist cause.The Feb. 21 conference devoted to the plight of Chechnya was attended by many Lithuanian leaders, among them parliamentarians. Titled "The Chechen Problem: A Denial of Justice," the event drew a stinging critique from Russian officials.Among conference organizers was a caucus of pro-Chechen lawmakers from the Seimas (Lithuania's parliament) that has been operational for 10 years. One of th...
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