Lithuanian ministry asks security service to step in and assess Sigmen contracts

Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked Lithuanian State Security Department (SSD) to assist in assessing threats that may surface from the contracts held between Lithuanian Railways and private company Sigmen, a company owned by ex-KGB agent Yuri Simonenkov in Latvia, as reported by Lithuanian public media LRT.

«We take any information about potential risks in the strategic company very seriously. We hope that SSD’s insights will help us to evaluate the situation objectively and to manage potential risks in Lithuanian Railways,» said Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Rokas Masiulis on 3 June.

«It is in the interest of both the ministry and the company to have clarity in the situation,» added the minister.

The ministry has until now had no information to suggest Lithuanian Railways’ dealings with Sigmen, a representative of Russian metallurgical holding Evraz and Spanish ArcelorMittal, could bring any risks.

Lithuanian public media had previously reported that Lithuanian Railways has signed contracts worth EUR 130 million with Sigmen in spite of Simonenkov still having ties to other KGB officers and agents, as well as people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Latvian Railway has also had dealings with Sigmen in the past. The volume of deals signed with the company this year already reaches EUR 5 million.

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