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.
On 27 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla to discuss bilateral relations. The interlocutors agreed to cooperate in the fields of strategic communication, European integration, as well as in the implementation of EU Twinning and TAIEX projects.
On 24 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, co-chaired the 14th meeting of the Lithuania-Ukraine Commission for European Integration via video conference.
Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for the United States of America’s non-recognition policy, by which it never formally accepted the occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the Soviet Union.
On 20 July, a video conference of the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Albanian Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj was held in Tallinn.
On 20 July in Tallinn, Estonia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the traditional annual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany, which focused on the European Union, security, Eastern Partnership and other important foreign policy issues.
On 14 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis, the United States Ambassador to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist, other officials from Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy took part in a cargo departure event.
On 13 July, at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor in the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego García-Sayán and condemned Russia's actions against Lithuanian justice officials who had investigated the tragic and complex January 13 case.
On 10 July, at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor in the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin.