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Relations between Lithuania and neighbouring Belarus are being tested amid a diplomatic row surrounding the arrest of the former's senior police officer, Laimonas Bankauskas on the two countries' border on August 16 for alleged possession of drugs. The head of Lithuania's mounted police force was apprehended by Belarus security forces on the border, after reportedly having discovered 45.5 grams of amphetamine in his car. Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite has called on the Belarus authorities ensure a 'prompt and impartial' investigation, expressing hope that the incident will not taint bilateral relations.
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