On 29 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a video conference of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers and discussed the EU-China relationship, the situation in the Asia and Pacific region, and Afghanistan.
On the evening of May 22, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Mass.
On 22 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which was organized at Estonia’s initiative. The meeting mainly focused on cyber stability in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict prevention, and capacity building for states to counter cyber threats. The Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas delivered the opening speech at the meeting.
On 19 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with Foreign Ministers of the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and Russia, participated in a video conference of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).
On May 21, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavičius will participate in a webinar on the geopolitics of nuclear energy, hosted by the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS. We would like to extend our invitation to the webinar to everyone who is interested in the nuclear energy industry, Russia’s and China’s nuclear energy exports, the European Union neighbourhood and geopolitics more broadly.
On 15 May in Riga, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with heads of diplomacy of the other two Baltic states, participated in a video conference of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
76 years ago, on 18 May 1944, the Soviet regime criminally deported the Crimean Tatar people from the territory of their historic residence - Crimea - to distant areas of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.
On 14 May, Lithuania is sending essential medical supplies for combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Armenia, Moldova, and Georgia. The medical devices were manufactured in Lithuania. The country also sent a humanitarian cargo to Ukraine on 13 May.
On 13 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva, and discussed quarantine measures implemented in the two countries.
On 13 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The interlocutors discussed topical issues of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and a possible invitation to a session of the World Health Assembly on 18 May.
On 29 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius took part in a teleconference of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and discussed the possibility to relax the quarantine regime in a coordinated manner, as well as to gradually facilitate travel conditions for citizens.
On 21 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a videoconference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, which was organized by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod.
On 15 April, the four Groups of Friends on the Safety of Journalists at UNESCO, the United Nations, and the OSCE issued the first joint statement on the safety of journalists and access to information during the COVID-19 crisis. Lithuania, which chairs the Groups of Friends on the Safety of Journalists in New York and Vienna, has also actively contributed to the preparation of the joint statement.
On 9 April 2020, at the informal discussion with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva Lithuania together with other member states expressed support for human rights-based approach in addressing COVID-19 pandemic and called on all states to safeguard free and independent media and ensure unhindered access to information.
On 8 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in an informal meeting via videoconference of Foreign Affairs Ministers to discuss ways to support developing countries in the fight against the pandemic, as well as to mitigate economic and social shocks to these countries.