Viewing cable 06VILNIUS147
Title: PALESTINIAN ASSISTANCE: LITHUANIA DISTURBED BY

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06VILNIUS1472006-02-13 13:58:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000147 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB AND NEA/IPA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/12/2016 
TAGS: PREL KPAL RS IS LH
SUBJECT: PALESTINIAN ASSISTANCE: LITHUANIA DISTURBED BY 
RUSSIAN INVITATION TO HAMAS LEADERS 
 
REF: STATE 21256 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Officer Christian Yarnell 
for Reasons 1.4(b) and (d) 
 
 ¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points regarding Palestinian 
assistance to Vaclovas Salkauskas, head of the MFA's Middle 
East Division, February 13.  Salkauskas said that Lithuania 
agrees with the USG stance against assistance to a new 
Palestinian Authority government unless it renounces 
terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, and accepts 
past agreements.  He also noted that the GOL believes there 
is a strong EU consensus behind this position. 
 
¶2. (C) Salkauskas expressed deep skepticism regarding Russian 
President Vladimir Putin's recent invitation to Hamas leaders 
to visit Moscow.  He described Russia's outreach to Hamas as 
"unnecessary steps," and said he believes Russia is motivated 
by a base desire to advance its image as an international 
power broker, rather than by a true commitment to fostering 
peace in the region. 
KELLY