Vladimir Putin is testing the UK at what the Russian president regards as a time of weakness owing to Brexit, Lithuania’s foreign minister has told the Guardian.
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.
On 14 March in London, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and discussed the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the United Kingdom, as well as the key issues of security and defence cooperation.
On 14 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the new Peruvian Ambassador to Lithuania Thierry Roca-Rey Deladrier, who resides in Helsinki. On the same day, the Ambassador presented his letters of credence to the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.
On 14 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas on his appointment as the head of diplomacy. In his letter, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister highlighted the partnership between the two countries, as well as cooperation at the European level and within NATO.
On 14 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the new Ambassador of Ghana to Lithuania Gina Ama Blay and discussed strengthening bilateral economic relations in the areas of education, culture, and tourism.
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).
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry expresses strong solidarity with the United Kingdom following an audacious criminal act – the poisoning of a former military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
On 12 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence of the National Parliament of Ireland (Oireachtas) Brendan Smith, and discussed the key bilateral issues, as well as items on the agenda of the European Union and Eastern Neighbourhood initiative.
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 8 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, received the new Ambassador of Colombia to Lithuania Javier Darío Higuera Ángel.
On 8 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with leaders and representatives of the key world and U.S. Jewish organizations in Washington, D.C. In a traditional meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Foreign Minister discussed important issues of international and bilateral cooperation, including the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, Iran’s policy, the Middle East peace process, and the preservation of Lithuania’s Jewish heritage.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Stef Blok on his new appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
On 8 March, the Lithuanian-Spanish political consultations led by the Political Directors of the Foreign Ministries - Asta Skaisgirytė and Enrique Mora – were held in Vilnius. Diplomats discussed security and defence policy, hybrid threats, the situation in Ukraine, Russia, the Western Balkans, Venezuela, Colombia, and the Middle East.