Lithuania welcomes the conclusions of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the launch by the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands on 20 June of the criminal prosecution against the four suspects, who are now facing murder charges in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.
On 20 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the ceremony of unveiling the memorial plaque, dedicated to the Yiddish Scientific Institute (YIVO). The memorial plaque at Vivulskio Str. 18 marks the site, where the YIVO building stood from 1933 until its destruction in 1944. YIVO was established in 1925 in Vilnius and now continues its activities as the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York after its relocation in 1940.
On 18 June, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Japan Gediminas Varvuolis conferred the award of honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania's Diplomacy Star – on the Director of the Japan Lithuania Exchange Centre (JLEC) Kenjiro Tamaki. The Mayor of Toyohashi Koichi Sahara and delegation members, the former Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania Kazuko Shiraishi, many JLEC members, and other friends of Lithuania attended the awards ceremony.
On 18 June in Luxembourg, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council, which finalised preparations for the European Council meeting of 20-21 June.
On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Romania Dan Adrian Balanescu. He served as Romania’s Ambassador to Lithuania from the end of 2012.
On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Lithuania Angelika Viets.
On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Vice President of the Parliament of Montenegro, Chair of the Montenegro-Lithuania parliamentary Friendship Group Genci Nimanbegu, and other members of the group.
Lithuania follows events in Moldova with concern, as the country is presently facing a difficult crisis, said the Minister L. Linkevičius in the Foreign Affairs Council on 17 June in Luxembourg. The Lithuanian Foreign Minister stressed the important role of political dialogue in the peaceful transition of power.
On 17 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.
On 14 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the new Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu.
From June 12 to 16, the Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis is visiting Singapore, where he takes part in ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation, https://www.asef.org/) Board of Governors meeting and other bilateral meetings. In his speech, the Ambassador underlined the importance of increasing visibility of the Foundation, particularly among the youth, and thanked ASEF for presentation of ASEF programs to Lithuanian artists, who are looking for support to their projects in Asian countries. During the meeting, attention was also paid to the reform of the Foundation and current issues.
On 13 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs and representatives of the two Foreign Ministries, participated in informal consultations in Mazmežotne, Latvia.
On 11 June, Foreign Ministers of thirteen European Union member states issued a joint statement on the EU commitment to the Western Balkans’ European integration. The document emphasizes the importance of the EU's enlargement policy, backs the enlargement process and the launch of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.
We, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, Hungary, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic reiterate our continued support for the Western Balkans on their European path. The EU enlargement process has a positive transformative power in the Western Balkans and is an investment in peace and stability in Europe. It is essential to ensure the overall progress of the region. The EU needs to fulfil its unambiguous commitment to the Western Balkans European integration. There is no “plan B”.
On 10 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed Moldova's political crisis of 8 June with the Prime Minister of Moldova, leader of the Action and Solidarity Party Maia Sandu.