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On 24-26 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, will visit the South Caucasus, as mandated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
At the meeting on 22 June, the Government of Lithuania decided to offer humanitarian aid to the people of Taiwan in response to the request for assistance of the Taipei Mission in Latvia and in order to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.
On 3 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi will be paying a working visit to Lithuania. During the visit, the Foreign Minister of Japan will hold a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis. Delegations of Lithuania and Japan will discuss bilateral relations, cooperation within international organisations, regional and international issues.
On 21 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis discussed the issue of illegal migration to Lithuania with his EU counterparts at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. In the bilateral meeting, Landsbergis also discussed the situation along the Lithuanian state border with the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein.
On 21 June, the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg focused on the EU's response to repression and systematic human rights violations by the Belarusian regime. Prior to the meeting, Foreign Ministers had an informal breakfast meeting with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, representative of the Belarusian pro-democratic forces, who came to Luxembourg at the invitation of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell. In the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis voiced his strong support to the people of Belarus, who were struggling for democratic change in the country. According to Lithuania's Foreign Minister, Belarusians must know that they will not be left to fight the regime on their own. The EU is ready to provide serious economic support for the democratic transformation of Belarus.
On 20 June, snap parliamentary elections were held in Armenia. We congratulate the citizens of Armenia, who have exercised their right to vote and actively participated in the parliamentary elections.
On 19 June, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius addressed the inaugural Plenary meeting of the Conference on the Future of Europe held in Strasbourg.
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.