On 18 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated remotely at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and spoke in an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.
On 17 September, Lithuania, together with 16 other participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), invoked the Moscow Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus.
Statement by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
On 7 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, and discussed the situation in Belarus after the presidential election.
On 27-28 August, the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Berlin discussed prospects for the EU-Russia relationship and ways to decrease the eastern Mediterranean tensions.
On 27 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius took part in an Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers in Berlin, which focused on the situation in Belarus after the Belarusian presidential election on 9 August. When discussing the situation in Belarus, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister emphasized that we were witnessing a historical, political and social transformation in our immediate neighborhood.
On 14 August, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius took part in an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council convened via a video conference to discuss the critical situation in Belarus and renewed tensions in the east of the Mediterranean.
The Foreign Ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, in the context of the developments that are taking place in Belarus, express their grave concern about the violence against post-election demonstrations that have occurred in response to reports of widespread electoral fraud. We are very troubled by the reports of physical injuries inflicted on the demonstrators.
As Foreign Ministers of Lublin Triangle States, we are deeply concerned with escalation of the situation in Belarus after the presidential elections and call upon the authorities to refrain from the use of force and to release all those detained last night.
We continue to observe the situation in Belarus, where presidential elections took place on the 9th of August. The elections did not comply with the international commitments of Belarus and globally recognised standards of democracy, and they were not free and fair.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius had a phone conversation with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to discuss the worrying situation in Belarus. Mr Linkevičius highlighted the importance of co-ordination and joint actions by the European Union (EU) while responding to events in Belarus.
During their phone conversation of 6 August Minister Linas Linkevičius and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz discussed the situation in Belarus. The Ministers agreed to continue to carefully monitor the situation in the neighbouring state, to co-ordinate their actions and highlighted the importance of co-ordination at the EU level.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine recognize the multi-centennial historical and cultural links between their nations.