Lithuania may raise the issue of withdrawal from the international criminal police organization (Interpol) if a representative of the Russian Federation is elected as its head. On Tuesday a resolution of this content approved the Sejm (Parliament) of the Baltic Republic. There were no votes against, seven deputies abstained.

“If Russia’s representative is elected head of Interpol, Lithuania together with other democratic States should immediately discuss the possibility of leaving the organization,” Lithuanian politicians said. They called on Interpol members “not to support categorically the candidacy of a non-democratic state”.

The former head of Interpol Meng Hongwei resigned in October after he was detained in China on suspicion of corruption. Moscow hopes that the election of the head of Interpol, which will be held on Wednesday, November 21, will win the Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk. Since 2011, he is the head of the national Central Bureau of Interpol of the interior Ministry, since 2016 — Vice-President Of the international criminal police organization.

It is noteworthy that the brother of applicant from Russia Igor Prokopchuk is the permanent representative of Ukraine to the OSCE.