On 23 May, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė presented her letters of credence to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Irwin LaRocque in Georgetown, capital city of Guyana.
Today morning near Turin, Italy, a truck owned by a Lithuanian company was hit by a passenger train on a level crossing. During the accident, three wagons became derailed. According to the police, the driver of the truck is a Lithuanian citizen. He was able to jump out of the truck and was not injured.
On 23 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius together with hundreds of citizens, who wish to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, participated in the March of the Living for the eleventh time in Vilnius.
On 23 May, a big sculpture “Garden” by an internationally acclaimed Lithuanian American artist Ray Bartkus was opened in the Union Station, the main station in Washington, D.C.
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU Foreign Affairs (Trade) Council of 22 May in Brussels.
As soccer fans across the globe gear up for the World Cup’s opening next month, Lithuania’s foreign minister still thinks holding the event in Russia is a “stupid idea.”
“Many stupid ideas are happening ... for instance, another stupid idea is holding football cup final in Russia,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BuzzFeed News during an interview last week. “It’s totally stupid because they will make big fuss.”
The fifth Vilnius Russia Forum will be held on 24-25 May. The traditional event brings together more than 100 politicians, civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academicians, journalists from Russia, Lithuania, and other Western countries.
During the visit to New York on 17-18 May 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations Rosemary A. Di Carlo and the Head of UN Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix. In the meetings, The Foreign Minister presented Lithuania's priorities at the United Nations and discussed the country‘s further engagement in UN peacekeeping missions.
On 17 May, at the invitation of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Upholding International Law within the Context of the Maintenance of International Peace and Security.
On 16 May in Washington,D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, met with the U.S. President's National Security Adviser John Bolton.
On 15 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđan Darmanović, who is visiting Lithuania. The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, aspirations of Montenegro's EU membership, the situation in the Western Balkans, important issues of regional security and cooperation.
On 14 May in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the newly appointed Ambassador of Moldova Serghei Mihov and discussed the bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Moldova, as well as Moldova's domestic affairs.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.
On 14 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels, which discussed the Commission‘s proposals for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) post 2020, and ministers had a round of discussions. On 2 May, the Commission proposed a long-term budget of €1,135 billion in commitments over the period from 2021 to 2027. The modern EU budget is 3% higher than the current MFF. The Commission ambitiously aims to have an agreement before the European Parliament elections in May 2019.