On 25 April in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”. The conference, which is hosted by the EU and co-chaired with the United Nations, aims at keeping the international community’s attention and response to the Syrian crisis on top of the international agenda, and at encouraging the full implementation of the existing commitments.
At the initiative of the French, Lithuanian and Swedish Delegations to the OSCE, Ambassadors and Delegates from 15 participating states met today in Vienna to launch an informal OSCE Group of Friends on Safety of Journalists.
Lithuania, along with Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Djibouti, Cameroon, Canada, Luxembourg, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan and France, has been elected as member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the 2019-2021 term.
"Our response to Russian provocations after the events in Salsbery remains united and coordinated, we all understand the need to strengthen the resilience of our countries in the face of modern threats. The role of the European External Action Service’s Eastern Strategic Communications Division (StratComm) is particularly important – we need to evaluate the work of this team and to constantly improve it," said Linkevičius in a discussion on relations with Russia, during which EU Foreign Ministers discussed prospects for the near future and further joint actions following the events in the city of Salisbury, the United Kingdom.
On 3 April in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a discussion on cooperation between the Baltic states and the U.S.A. The discussion was organized by a well-known think tank – the Atlantic Council.
On 29 March, the OECD Investment Committee in Paris approved a formal opinion, acknowledging that Lithuania met the OECD investment requirements. The Committee’s positive opinion affirms Lithuania’s openness to investment and increases the country’s attractiveness for Foreign Direct Investments.
On 26 March, as agreed upon with the EU partners, the Ambassador of Russia to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania over the attack in the UK. The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius handed the Russian Ambassador a protest note, informing that three employees of the Russian Embassy had been named undesirable for activities incompatible with their diplomatic status.
On the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 19 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with his newly appointed German counterpart Heiko Maas. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mikser also attended the meeting.
On 19 March in Brussels, prior to the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius invited EU foreign ministers to an informal breakfast together with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
On 14 March, the Political Director Asta Skaisgirytė took part in political consultations in Rome. Skaisgirytė met with the Italian Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome Luca Giansanti and discussed issues of security and defence, the Eastern Partnership initiative, Russia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Western Balkans.
On 14 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas attended a meeting of representatives from the Foreign Ministries in the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) format. The meeting discussed issues of regional security, Brexit, hybrid threats, cyber and energy security, and relations with Russia.
At a high-level conference the “Next Multiannual Financial Framework: distributive, allocative and stabilization functions” in Sofia on 9 March, the Vice-Minister Albinas Zananavičius and representatives from member states of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and other institutions discussed political priorities and perspectives for the EU budget.
On 6 March in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts, visited the United States Congress, where they held meetings with representatives of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The Baltic Foreign Ministers met with the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce and the Committee’s Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Bob Corker and the Committee’s Ranking Member Robert Menendez, and the Senator James Risch.
“Having suffered under three occupations during World War II, Lithuania remembers and respects all victims of the Nazi and Communist totalitarian regimes. The end of the Second World War brought about the Soviet occupation that lasted half a century. The people of Lithuania were victims of crimes against humanity and human rights abuses by the Soviet authorities. Lithuanian freedom fighters, who took part in an armed resistance movement against the occupational authorities and domestic collaborators during a post-war period, deserve our utmost respect. They will always remain our heroes,” said the Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva at the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 28 February in response to the statement by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This morning Lavrov slammed Lithuania for ‘justifying Nazi collaborators’.
On 27 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended a high-level segment of the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 37th session that focused on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.