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Lithuania regrets Russia's decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies in December this year, calls on the country to reconsider this action and to return to the full compliance with the Treaty.
On 17-18 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds the informal Midsummer Snow Meeting, which will bring Lithuanian and foreign security experts together to discuss challenges posed to the transatlantic community and responses to them.
On 16 June in Brussels, the Coreper approved a new package of sanctions against the physical persons and legal entities (78 individuals and 7 companies), who are responsible for systematic human rights violations and repression in Belarus, as well as involved in the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft in Minsk and the detention of Raman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania stands in solidarity with Poland, which expressed its protest over the current decision of the Belarusian regime to designate 17 September as the national holiday in Belarus, and strongly opposes the distortion of historical facts.
On 17 June, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in answer to Russia’s distorted narrative on the Second World War, Lithuania drew attention to the dangers of using historical revisionism as a tool of state policy.
In order to support the efforts of the United Nations (UN) in the field of human rights, Lithuania has allocated 15 thousand euros to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU).
Statement by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic States: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden at the UNGA debate on the “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia”.
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius attended the informal video conference of development ministers, which EU Development Ministers informally exchanged views on middle-income countries (MICs)- development in transition, and human development.
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas met with the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels and Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.
On 11 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas handed over, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star award to the Austrian Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger.
By Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
When a plane from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Minsk with threats of explosion and the scrambling of a military fighter jet, this was met with an uproar of shock and anger from the European capitals.
It seemed, at the time, like the vindication of Jean Monnet's famous words, "Europe will be forged in crises".
Speedily and unanimously, Europe decided on crisis response and on the sanctions vis-à-vis president Alexander Lukashenko's regime that keeps Belarusian people captive. Europe was magnificent.
There is a danger of complacency creeping in, however, as we congratulate ourselves for our fine performance. Let's take a step back and take stock of the larger perspective – what is happening here, precisely?
On June 8, Lithuania, together with the co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, France and Greece, and members of the Group released a Joint Statement on the detention by the Belarusian authorities of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.
On 7 June, the Lithuanian diplomat Justina Krutulytė was elected as Vice-Chair of the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the United Nations General Assembly. She will represent the Eastern Europe Regional Group, which has 23 members, at the 76th session of the General Assembly that is to begin in September 2021.
On 7 June, the Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimonda Murmokaitė held consultations with her Dutch counterpart Thijs van der Plas to discuss the effectiveness of the EU's Common Foreign and Security and Policy, the EU-NATO and transatlantic cooperation, the NATO 2030 process, the EU's policy towards Russia and Belarus, and the need to strengthen the Eastern Partnership framework.