The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias and expressed his deep condolences over the wildfires in Greece that had taken many lives. Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister wished strength to the relatives of the victims and to those who had been affected by the wildfires.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania considers that by deciding to institute criminal proceedings against Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who investigate the case of January 13, the Investigative Committee of Russia openly asserts pressure on Lithuania, its courts, and law enforcement officials.
It is a great honor to address you on this special occasion, when we are celebrating the Centennial of the restoration of the Lithuanian State.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Congratulations to all participants of the Annual Meeting! I would like to start with what is today perhaps the greatest concern for everyone interested in international relations. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore certain divergence in our vital transatlantic relationship. While Russia's actions continue to pose the major threat to our security, Europe is still looking at the West – the USA – that has been and will remain an indispensable pillar of our common security architecture, its cornerstone. The growing rift between the EU and the United States of America has raised concerns. We have even heard high-ranking officials say in public that the world we thought we knew no longer exists.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deplores the statement issued by the Embassy of the Russian Federation which prevents the 17th youth expedition “Misija Sibiras” (Mission Siberia) from traveling to locations in Russia where Lithuanian deportees are buried which was intended to take place from 17 July to 1 August.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the attack, perpetrated on 29 May, when the outspoken critic of the Kremlin policy, Russian opposition journalist, Arkady Babchenko, was shot dead. The Ukrainian police announced they suspected that the journalist’s professional activities were the main reason why he was killed.
Lithuania firmly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within the borders recognised by the international community and condemns Syria’s decision to recognise the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) as “independent states”. This is a grave violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and international law. We call upon the Government of Syria to carry out a policy underpinned by norms of international law rather than succumb to pressure from third countries and to repeal the decision without delay.
Lithuania supports the efforts of the Joint Investigation Team and trusts the independent and impartial investigation into the causes of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) of 17 July 2014 while it was flying over Ukraine.
Today morning near Turin, Italy, a truck owned by a Lithuanian company was hit by a passenger train on a level crossing. During the accident, three wagons became derailed. According to the police, the driver of the truck is a Lithuanian citizen. He was able to jump out of the truck and was not injured.
Lithuanian MFA supports actions by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities. Use of chemical weapons in Syria crossed all possible red lines. Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable.
On 18 March 2018, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was re-elected. Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets that the ongoing process cannot be considered as free and democratic elections. The electoral machinery was strictly controlled, while the process and its outcome were predetermined and known in advance.
“Having suffered under three occupations during World War II, Lithuania remembers and respects all victims of the Nazi and Communist totalitarian regimes. The end of the Second World War brought about the Soviet occupation that lasted half a century. The people of Lithuania were victims of crimes against humanity and human rights abuses by the Soviet authorities. Lithuanian freedom fighters, who took part in an armed resistance movement against the occupational authorities and domestic collaborators during a post-war period, deserve our utmost respect. They will always remain our heroes,” said the Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva at the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 28 February in response to the statement by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This morning Lavrov slammed Lithuania for ‘justifying Nazi collaborators’.
On the 4th anniversary of the illegal occupation of Crimea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania condemns the Russian Federation’s military aggression against Ukraine that began four years ago in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and is currently continuing in eastern Ukraine. This has been a serious violation of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act, and also the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offered sincere condolences to the victims and their families in the aftermath of the deadly shooting of 14 February at a school in Parkland, Florida, the United States of America.
On January 27 in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns the brutal act of terrorism against innocent people in central Kabul. A suicide bomber using an ambulance has killed at least 95 people and wounded at least 158 people.