US Ambassador Donald Lu has continued has “boycott” of Speaker of Parliament Gramoz Ruçi. After the absence of Ambassador Lu on Saturday, when the new Parliament was installed, today he removed his translation device at the moment Speaker Ruçi took the floor, after the speech of Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Video transmitted by News 24 shows Ambassador Lu taking off his headphones at the moment Speaker Ruçi starts to speak. Asked about his gesture during a break, the US Ambassador did not deny his action, but stated “I cannot answer this question.”
The US Embassy has put Ruçi on a blacklist, which will not allow him to receive a visa to the country, owing to his links to organized crime and drug trafficking.