On 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok. The meeting focused on bilateral relations, the situation in Belarus and Ukraine, the relationship with Russia, the security situation in the region, and topical items on the EU’s agenda.
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Linkevičius: Remembering the Holocaust we must do everything we can to prevent this catastrophe from happening again
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On 24 September, the diplomatic conference “Beyond Duty – Visas for Life” to mark the Year of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who served as vice-consul in interwar Lithuania, took place at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in Kaunas. The conference was opened by the VMU Rector, Professor Juozas Augutis and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
Regarding the complex cyber-information attack
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that it did not issue a press release claiming that the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius called on the EU to create European peacekeeping forces and to deploy them in Belarus. It is highly likely that there is an ongoing cyber-information attack, which is currently under investigation by Lithuanian authorities.
Lithuanian Foreign Ministry’s statement on the situation in Belarus
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In response to a secret inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko for himself as the new President of Belarus for the next term on 23 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania once again affirms that the presidential election held in Belarus on 9 August did not comply with the international commitments of Belarus and globally recognized standards of democracy. It was not free and fair. Thus, Lithuania recognizes neither the result of the election nor Alexander Lukashenko as a legitimate leader of Belarus. The newly self-inaugurated Lukashenko does not legally have any rights to represent the people of Belarus or their interests.
Zananavičius: European leaders must show solidarity with the Belarusian people
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On 22 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Brussels in the run-up to the special European Council meeting to be held on 1 and 2 October. At their meeting, the EU leaders will discuss the single market, industrial policy, digital transformation, and the European Union’s external relations.
The first Latvian Ambassador to Lithuania received the Balts' Award in Rīga
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On 22 September in Rīga, the Lithuanian and Latvian Foreign Ministers conferred the 2020 Balts' Award on a Latvian diplomat, the first Ambassador of Latvia to Lithuania after the restoration of the country’s independence Alberts Sarkanis.
RSS Lithuanian representatives and the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State discussed possibilities for providing support to Belarus
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On 25 September, Lithuania's representatives and the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State Georg P. Kent discussed the situation in Belarus and the region, possibilities for providing support to the Belarusian civil society, other relevant issues of the Lithuanian-US relationship, and international security policy.
Lithuania holds its first political consultations with the United Arab Emirates
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On 22 September, the first political consultations between Lithuanian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) took place in a virtual format. The meeting focused on the issues of bilateral political, economic, legal, and consular cooperation, work within international organizations, as well as the security situation in the Middle East, the Gulf, and Africa.
Foreign Vice-Minister Zananavičius: We must tap into the full potential of the green course to strengthen the industrial sectors in the EU
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On 20-21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in an informal meeting of EU trade ministers “Open markets and free trade are the driving forces”. Ministers discussed ways how trade policy could contribute to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister discussed counter-terrorism with a representative from the U.S. Department of State
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On 21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis and the U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales discussed the fight against international terrorism, sanctions against Hezbollah-affiliated persons, the situation in Belarus and the region, relevant issues of the Lithuanian-U.S. relationship, as well as international security policy.
- Doorstep statement by Linas Antanas LINKEVIČIUS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, at the Foreign Affairs Council, on 21 September 2020, in Brussels. Added2020.09.21 Media Monitor on Lithuania and its Foreign Policy »
- NPR.org: Lithuania Seeks U.S. Support For More Robust International Policy Toward Belarus, September 18, 2020 Added2020.09.18 Media Monitor on Lithuania and its Foreign Policy »
Videoconference of the “Lublin Triangle” coordinators held at Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry
On 17 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis took part in a videoconference of the “Lublin Triangle” coordinators. The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Marcin Przydacz also attended the meeting.
Changes to travel advice
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Taking into account the countries and regions of importance for Lithuania’s tourism business, the travel advice has been updated for those planning group travel on direct charter flights to Tunisia, the Portuguese regions of Madeira and the Azores.
Politico: Lukashenko is no longer president of Belarus, September 4, 2020
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By Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs.
The crisis in Belarus goes far beyond the violent aftermath of its presidential election in August.
For decades, under Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship, the country has witnessed successive waves of repression. With an opposition too weak and divided to overcome to the regime, Lukashenko has had free reign to exert massive control on Belarusian society, while flirting with both Russia and the West.
And for decades, the European Union has been extremely patient, taking the smallest change in Belarus for a sign of progress.
It’s clear now, however, that we’ve reached a tipping point. If the EU wants to be a powerful player on the world stage and in its immediate Eastern neighborhood, it urgently needs a new approach to the region, and to Belarus in particular. Words of condemnation and regret, and the other usual buzzwords, are no longer enough.
In recent years, we saw some positive shifts in Belarus’ foreign policy. Dialogue with the EU became more constructive and relations with the U.S. have been restored. On my last visit to Belarus, Vladimir Makei, the country’s foreign minister, made a speech in Belarusian at a public event — something that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago.
Belarus’ ossified power structure, however, failed to recognize these important signs of liberalization and reawakening. The Belarusian people’s reaction to the August election showed their patience has come to an end.
It has also become clear that Lukashenko has never been interested in modernizing the country, or in real independence for Belarus: All he wants is to stay in power.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister meets with the new Ambassador of Estonia
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On 4 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis met with the new Ambassador of Estonia to Lithuania Kai Kaarelson. The Ambassador presented her letters of credence to the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda on the same day.