The government of Lithuania has banned servicemen from non-working trips to Russia, Belarus and China. This was reported by the BNS agency on Thursday.
As indicated in the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, the list of countries was compiled after assessing the dangers and threats to national security.
The introduced measures also provide for a ban on transit through the specified states, with the exception of cases of crossing their airspace, according to the TV channel Nastojachee vremya.
The ban on travel to the specified countries will not apply if servicemen need to visit them due to a serious illness or death of relatives living there, as well as if the serviceman is appointed guardian or guardian of such relatives. In addition, servicemen will be able to travel to the specified countries to resolve issues of their property rights in cases where they cannot be resolved without personal presence.
At the end of September, the National Crisis Management Center of Lithuania announced that people working with classified information will not be able to travel to Russia, Belarus and other countries that pose a threat to Lithuania. According to the center, these restrictions will affect 56 thousand people. The decision was explained by the fact that the Belarusian special services have been intensifying their activities on the border for some time. According to Lithuanian intelligence, Lithuanian citizens are interrogated at border crossings and forced to cooperate with the Belarusian special services through blackmail and psychological pressure.
The Seimas of Lithuania previously adopted a bill prohibiting the departure of military personnel to countries that pose a threat to national security. The government was instructed to compile a list of such countries.