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Lithuanian diplomats fired amid scandal

Two high-ranking Lithuanian diplomats were fired yesterday after their telephone conversations criticising the president and insulting the countries where they served were secretly recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

VILNIUS // Two high-ranking Lithuanian diplomats were fired yesterday after their telephone conversations criticising the president and insulting the countries where they served were secretly recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

The country's ambassador to Azerbaijan, Arunas Zurauskas, and its ambassador to Hungary, Nerijus Juska, will be removed from duty by September 30, said the office of the president, Dalia Grybauskaite.

Four telephone conversations between the two diplomats were posted on YouTube in July. In the recording, the ambassadors joked about Mr Grybauskaite, the prime minister and Azerbaijan and Hungary.

It is not clear who recorded the calls and uploaded them to the site. The accounts used to post the sound clips were created the same day and removed shortly after the scandal broke. The administration is investigating.