MPs at the Lithuanian parliament are pushing for Russia’s Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called Putin’s chef, to be included on EU sanctions list.
Prigozhin is tied to the Russian private military company, Wagner, which was deployed in Ukraine, Syria and across several African countries. His plane also landed in Vilnius in late January. Read more: Putin’s regime, kleptocracy, and drug money – interview with investigative journalist Anastasia Kirilenko The parliamentary committe on security and defence (NSGK) plans to ask the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry to have Prigozhin’s assets blacklisted by the EU.
“The person is known for his close ties with the Kremlin regime, […] related to Wagner, and we know that he is subject to US sanctions under three protocols,” said chairman of the committee, MP Dainius Gaižauskas.
“It has […] also to do with cyber security and interference with election systems, therefore, we believe that Lithuania should show initiative […] for that person to appear on the EU sanction list,” he said.
The NSGK on Wednesday looked into why Prigozhin’s private plane landed in Vilnius in late January.
According to Gaižauskas, the plane arrived for repairs at one of the companies that belong to the Avia Solutions Group owned by Lithuanian businessman Gediminas Žiemelis. “As far as we know, it didn’t undergo repairs after it turned out that this aircraft was subject to [US] sanctions,” the NSGK chairman said.