On 6-7 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Krzysztof Czaputowicz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko, is visiting Sakartvelo (Georgia) on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Russian military aggression against Saktarvelo.
On 2 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States congressional, which was headed by Hal Rogers, Chairman of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. The meeting focused on the Lithuania-U.S. cooperation in response to Russian threat, sanctions, energy security, and support for the spread of democracy.
Lithuania does not recognize and continues to strongly condemn the annexation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. Our position is based on our unwavering commitment to international law and our conviction that Russia has blatantly violated one of its main principles, - to refrain from the threat or use of force against sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of any State. No country can change the borders of another by force.
The online accreditation for journalists and media workers to attend the events during Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Lithuania opens on 30 July. The deadline for online application is 13 August. The accreditation process will be carried out only online. The application form will be launched on our website on 30 July.
The fifth Vilnius Russia Forum will be held on 24-25 May. The traditional event brings together more than 100 politicians, civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academicians, journalists from Russia, Lithuania, and other Western countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated €20 000 in humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees. The contribution will be transferred to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Kosovo on the 10th anniversary of its independence.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania, the Adelaide Lithuanian community prepared an exceptional gift for Lithuania – preserved personal artefacts of Lithuanian Presidents.
On 15-16 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Foreign ministers discussed Syria, the Western Balkans, North Korea, security and defence issues.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offers its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the plane crash near Moscow and to all the people of Russia affected by the tragedy.
The Market and Opinion Research Centre ‘Vilmorus Ltd.’ conducted a public opinion poll on foreign policy commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, which shows that Lithuanians consider foreign policy and diplomacy as important factors to ensure security of the country and its inhabitants. In addition, the residents of Lithuania basically approve the foreign policy of the authorities and advocate closer cooperation with other Baltic states and Poland, while they feel that Russia and Belarus are the greatest threats.
On 3 December in Frankfurt am Main, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius congratulated Jonas Mekas, who was awarded the B3 BEN Biennale award for his lifetime contribution to cinema and video art.
“I would like to sincerely thank the DFDS Seaways shipping company, officials and diplomats of Ukraine, Turkey, Denmark, Lithuania, Morocco and Algeria for their endless effort, dedication and skill that have led to the voluntary repatriation of all 12 illegal immigrants on board the Kaunas Seaways ferry sailing under the flag of Lithuania in the Black Sea,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. The remainder of the immigrants abandoned the ship on 2 November and returned to their countries of origin through Odessa and Turkish airports.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is paying a working visit to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Today, Linkevičius met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ghana Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and discussed opportunities for bilateral development, cooperation in multilateral formats, security and development challenges in the region. Linkevičius also met with the President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo, the First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Joseph Osei Owusu, and the Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
On 18 September, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and was handed a diplomatic note over a violation of the Lithuanian airspace.