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Lithuania detains army officer over 'espionage activities'

Iran Press TV

Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:36PM GMT

Lithuanian authorities have detained a senior air force officer who allegedly conducted deep-cover espionage activities for Russia, officials say.

The officer, whose name was not released, was detained in the city of Siauliai, home to a NATO air base, in northern Lithuania, on Wednesday.

The Prosecutor's Office of Lithuania said in a statement that the officer is suspected "of spying for a foreign country by providing it with information, including classified data."

The individual who received the information was also detained, the statement added.

Elena Martinoniene, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor's Office, also confirmed the arrests but gave no further details.

Meanwhile, Arturas Paulauskas, who heads the Lithuanian parliament's national security and defense committee, said the suspect was probably providing information from a NATO base to Russia.

"Russia's secret services are very interested in any information related to our security," media outlets quoted Paulauskas as saying.

The latest Cold War-style incident comes amid tensions between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.

The West accuses Russia of exercising its influence across its former colonies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has recently called Russia a "terrorist state" over Moscow's alleged involvement in the conflict that has been going on in eastern Ukraine since November 2013.

Russia has said Grybauskaite's remarks "surpassed even the most extremist statements coming from radical nationalists in Kiev."

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