On 10 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received the outgoing Ambassador of the Netherlands to Lithuania Gijsbert Hendrik Christiaan van der Lingen. At the meeting, the Foreign Minister welcomed Lithuania's continuously expanding relations with the Netherlands, the close cooperation and highest political level contacts – the visit of the Dutch royal family to Lithuania on 13-15 June of this year.
On 6-7 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Krzysztof Czaputowicz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko, is visiting Sakartvelo (Georgia) on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Russian military aggression against Saktarvelo.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Ministers of Spain, Poland, Romania and Hungary, signed a joint letter to the European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, calling for an extension of anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of ammonium nitrate fertilizers from Russia.
On 2 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the United States Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell discussed strategic security cooperation between Lithuania and the U.S. The U.S. representative reaffirmed that the country's policy towards Russia and close cooperation with the Baltic states remained unchanged.
On 2 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States congressional, which was headed by Hal Rogers, Chairman of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. The meeting focused on the Lithuania-U.S. cooperation in response to Russian threat, sanctions, energy security, and support for the spread of democracy.
On 2 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the outgoing Ambassador of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda. Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for his work in Lithuania and his personal contribution to the development and strengthening of relations between the two countries.
On 2 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania addressed the Migration Department, proposing to include in the list of undesirable persons individuals, who had contributed to violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Sakartvelo (Georgia).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 60, 000 for humanitarian aid, of which EUR 20, 000 to Syria will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, while EUR 15, 000 to Mali and EUR 15, 000 Somalia will be transferred to the World Food Program. Lithuania‘s Foreign Ministry has also allocated EUR 10, 000 in humanitarian aid to the Guatemalan Government and the victims of volcanic eruptions. A catastrophic eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano has affected more than 1.7 million people.
On 31 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with members of the Special Committee on the Okinawa and Northern Problems of the Legislative Bureau of the House of Representatives in the National Diet of Japan: Katsuhiko Yokomitsu, Akinori Eto and Kōichi Watanabe.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias and expressed his deep condolences over the wildfires in Greece that had taken many lives. Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister wished strength to the relatives of the victims and to those who had been affected by the wildfires.
Lithuania does not recognize and continues to strongly condemn the annexation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. Our position is based on our unwavering commitment to international law and our conviction that Russia has blatantly violated one of its main principles, - to refrain from the threat or use of force against sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of any State. No country can change the borders of another by force.
On 26 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the outgoing Ambassador of Slovenia to Lithuania Robert Krmelj, who resides in Warsaw.
The online accreditation for journalists and media workers to attend the events during Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Lithuania opens on 30 July. The deadline for online application is 13 August. The accreditation process will be carried out only online. The application form will be launched on our website on 30 July.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania considers that by deciding to institute criminal proceedings against Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who investigate the case of January 13, the Investigative Committee of Russia openly asserts pressure on Lithuania, its courts, and law enforcement officials.