The start of the Lithuanian couple in the Russian show caused a storm of resentment! The president responded immediately

The performance of a once successful Lithuanian dance couple in Russia during the ongoing war in Ukraine has shocked many. The presidential office has now informed that both figure skaters will be stripped of the order, which was awarded to them in 2000 after winning bronze at the World Championships in Nice. The head of the Baltic country, which is part of both the EU and NATO, reportedly made his decision based on the recommendation of the Lithuanian Council for State Honors.

“Enough! I have no doubt that both were excellent sportsmen, but they overshadowed their service to Lithuania, for which they were awarded in 2000, by their cynical act. Attending a show on the aggressor’s territory during the war in Ukraine is political blindness at best. At worst, they spat in memory of all the victims of the Russian invasion,” Nauseda wrote on his Facebook account.

At the same time, the Lithuanian parliament called for a discussion on a possible legislative step to revoke Drobiazková’s citizenship, which she received as a native of Moscow in 1993. Together with Vanagas, whom she married seven years later, they represented Lithuania at five Olympic Games and a number of continental and world championships . The figure skating couple ended their career at the top level in 2006 and have been living in Russia for a long time, whose troops have been operating in Ukraine since February 24.

Last month, the Ukrainian Olympic Committee removed Viktor Petrenko, the 1992 Olympic champion from Albertville, as vice-president of the country’s figure skating union for participating in an exhibition on Russian territory.

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