Lithuanian Ministry of defence reported that the military attache of the country in Russia Saulius Pikturna was withdrawn due to changes in marital status. According to the information portal Delfi, before the appointment to Moscow, he married a Russian citizen from Crimea.
«The decision to recall him was taken at his own request subject to the changes in his family circumstances. Colonel Saulius Pikturna is transferred to the reserve of the Ministry of defence. Soon we will begin the process of selecting and appointing a new defense attache», — quotes the Lithuanian military Agency channel Life.
According to the portal Delfi, after Pikturna got married with the Crimean citizen, Lithuanian military intelligence started investigation towards the Colonel.
The publication suggests that the Lithuanian authorities feared of pressure on Pikturna from Russian side in connection with his family circumstances.