Minister Linkevičius on Russian MP Zhirinovsky: Some politicians belong in a zoo

Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Asked by BNS to comment on Zhirinovsky’s statement, the minister said some politicians belonged in a zoo.

“I do not want to discuss this. I have already said that there are politicians who belong in a zoo. I see no sense in joining this level of discussions,” the minister told BNS in New York on Wednesday.


Linkevičius noted that Zhirinovsky had been blacklisted by the European Union (EU) since las September and would not be able enter the community’s territory.

“He has been on the sanctions list since September 2014. No additional measures are needed in this respect,” said the Lithuanian diplomacy chief in comment of the interior minister’s proposal to declare Zhirinovsky persona non grata in Lithuania.


Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party, made the threatening remarks to claim Vilnius and Klaipėda in a confrontational debate on the EU, Ukraine, Eastern Partnership and Russia that was broadcast after midnight on Russian TV on Wednesday.

EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas, Lithuania’s former foreign minister, who was also a guest at the TV debate, demanded an official Russian position on Lithuania’s territorial integrity. In his opinion, the issue should be raised by Lithuanian leaders as well.

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