Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, extended his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the killed and affected and wished quick recovery to the injured after a tragic high-speed train crash in Turkey.
On 12 December, marking the 27th anniversary of the establishment of Lithuanian-Ukrainian diplomatic relations Minister Linas Linkevičius opened in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the exhibition of paintings and posters by Ukrainian children dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the statehood of Lithuania. Two new publications featuring the history of Lithuania and Ukraine were presented during the opening of the exhibition.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavičius attended the European Union General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels on 11 December that finalised preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 13–14 December. The meeting held a debate on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021–2027, endorsed the Council programme for the next 18 months, presented the Annual Growth Survey for 2019, and discussed the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.
On 11 December, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius participated in the 10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Tbilisi and called for a greater role of the civil society in the Eastern Partnership policy.
On 10 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which mostly focused on Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
On 7 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Austria Donatas Kušlys presented his letters of credence to the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna.
On 6-7 December, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Jūratė Raguckienė participated in a meeting of Secretaries of State (Chancellors) from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the European Union. Priorities of Romania's upcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU were presented during the meeting.
On 6 December, on the margins of the 25th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir.
On 6 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the annual Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Milan, Italy.
By Linas Linkevičius. How many wake-up calls do we really need to wake up?
History brims with examples of strong leadership. Contemporaries used to call the former Yugoslav leader, Josip Broz Tito, a “benevolent dictator,: as Yugoslavia under his rule appeared a quiet and peaceful place. Yet, the Balkans, immersed in an unprecedented bloodshed following the collapse of communist rule, until this day reminds us of the perils of taking the imagined for real.
On 5 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov in Brussels. Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister confirmed Lithuania's readiness to provide political and practical support for Macedonia's accession to the EU and NATO.
On 4-5 December in Brussels, NATO Foreign Ministers stressed that the Euro-Atlantic area had been facing the most serious challenges to security and stability since the end of the Cold War.
On 4 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. The Foreign Ministers raised the issue of Russia's aggressive actions against Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait.
Prior to the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs today, the Minister Linas Linkevičius met with NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti in Brussels and discussed issues of strengthening security and defense in Lithuania and other Baltic states.