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Russia Threatens Retaliation After Lithuania Bars Journalist

MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that it might take retaliatory measures against Lithuania for barring the editor-in-chief of Russia's Regnum Information Agency, Modest Kolerov, from entering Lithuania, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Lithuanian border guards on July 30 asked Kolerov to step off the train from Moscow to Vilnius and told him that Lithuanian migration authorities consider him an undesirable alien.

Kolerov, who had a valid visa for travel in the Schengen zone, was on his way to the Lithuanian capital to take part in an international conference on Russian-Lithuanian relations.

Speaking to journalists after border guards refused to let him into the country, he said that the Lithuanian media falsely depicted him as an adversary of Lithuania.

Kolerov used to run a Kremlin department on ties with CIS countries.