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On 15 April, the U.S. announced sanctions in response to aggressive and harmful actions of the Russian Federation and its unacceptable behaviour, such as encouraging Taliban attacks against the U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan, Russia's malicious cyber activities - the SolarWinds incident - and attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the attempt to poison the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his imprisonment, as well as the occupation of Crimea.
On 15 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts - Edgars Rinkēvičs and Eva-Maria Liimets - met with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, the Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Vitaliyivna Stefanishyna, the Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran.
In the light of ongoing Russian escalation and build-up of military forces around Ukraine borders, we, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine,
Taking into consideration our close bonds of friendship, partnership and cooperation which have been developing between our States,
Wishing to provide stability and security in the Euro-Atlantic space,
Realizing the threats posed by the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation for the entire European continent:
Have stated the following:
On 14 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis and the Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas took part in an extraordinary online meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Allied Defence Ministers, which focused on the security situation in Afghanistan and a gradual completion of the NATO-led mission Resolute Support Mission in this country.
On 15 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Eva-Maria Liimets, will be paying a visit to Kyiv on Thursday. The Foreign Ministers will take an early morning flight from Vilnius on Thursday.
On 13 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and discussed Russia’s provocative actions - the military build-up near Ukraine's eastern border and in the illegally occupied Crimea.
On 15 April, the the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas visited Bucharest, where he took part in bilateral consultations with the State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dănuţ Neculăesc and the State Secretary for Global Affairs and Diplomatic Strategies Cornel Feruţă.
On 15 April, the Lithuanian and Turkish Ministries of Foreign Affairs held online political consultations to discuss bilateral and international issues, cooperation within NATO and the European Union. The Lithuanian delegation was led by the Foreign Vice-Minister Arnoldas Pranckevičius, while the Turkish delegation was headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Faruk Kaymakcı.
On 13 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Egidijus Meilūnas met with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi and discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine, the region's security situation, as well as bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
On 15 April, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Latvia issued a call for nominations for the Balts’ Award 2021.
On 30 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in the fifth Brussels Conference 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' and voiced Lithuania’s support for refugees affected by conflict in Syria and for internally displaced persons. The conference took place in a virtual format. Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister also expressed Lithuania’s support for the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen and for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, as well as stressed the need to seek accountability for crimes committed in Syria.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.
On 23 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas had a meeting with the Ambassador of Romania to
Lithuania Cosmin George Dinescu via video conferencing. The meeting focused on prospects of bilateral relations, the Covid-19 situation in both countries and the European Union’s neighbourhood, cooperation in NATO, and issues of the Eastern Partnership policy.
On 23 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in an informal video conference of European affairs ministers, which prepared for the European Council on 25 and 26 March.