With the construction of Belarus's controversial Astravets nuclear power plant hurtling forward, the dissonance between Minsk and Vilnius over the project could not be greater. Lithuania -- whose capital lies less than 50 kilometers from Astravets -- has protested vehemently against the construction of the plant since it was announced in 2008.
Polish and Lithuanian relations have recently improved. They share longtime history, are NATO and EU members and it turns out that they perceive their common problems similarly. We talked to the foreign minister of Lithuania Linas Linkeviczius about threats and opportunities of the neighbouring countries.
Lithuania has been a staunch diplomatic ally for Israel, particularly at the UN and the within the EU. Close Israeli-Lithuanian ties should not be held hostage to the dark days of the Holocaust, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told The Jerusalem Post during his two-day visit to the country this week.
“It is important to remember the past and to know what happened, but it is not less important to focus on the future,” he said during a conversation at the capital’s King David Hotel. Lithuania has been a staunch diplomatic ally for Israel, particularly at the UN and the within the EU.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Linkevicius at the start of their meeting in Jerusalem on Monday, “You are a friend. Israel has had a long-standing connection with Lithuania – personal and national.”
Lithuania’s foreign minister on Monday called for stronger cooperation between Jerusalem and the European Union regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions, saying his visit to Israel this week has opened his eyes about problematic aspects of the nuclear agreement the international community reached with Tehran in 2015.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says the recent NATO deployments to the Baltic region and elsewhere in Eastern Europe are a sign that the Western alliance “will do anything” to defend the security of member nations.
In an interview on April 20 with Current Time TV, Linkevicius also said Vilnius desires “normal” relations with Russia but that they should be based on "principles and values."
Linkevicius spoke to the Russian-language network, run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, as the 28-member alliance is bolstering its presence in the region to reassure member nations in the face of a renewed aggressive foreign policy by neighboring Russia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius believes European Union cannot be blamed for annexation of Crimea and Russian war in Ukraine’s east but it should share this responsibility.
As reported by Censor.NET citing Krym.Realii, the diplomat expressed confidence that the EU was not proactive and was "capable to do more with regard of the pressure against the country which is conducting aggression."
VILNIUS, Feb 09, BNS - Darius Degutis, Lithuania's ambassador-at-large coordinating the country's position and steps regarding the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus, says that his key mission is to achieve that the plant is built safely or its construction is stopped completely, and to show the real situation in Astravyets to EU partners.
"Our goal is, first, to show that Lithuania knows very well what is happening when it comes to Astravyets, that there have been irregularities, that the works fail to meet the international standards, the EU norms and rules. As we see these manipulations, these obvious violations, we are forming our position accordingly," Degutis, who assumed his new duties in early January, told BNS in an interview.
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Lithuanian Foreign Minister On NATO, Trump And U.S. Commitment Lithuanian Foreign Minister On NATO, Trump And U.S. Commitment. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson hears more from Linas Linkevicius, foreign minister of Lithuania, a NATO member state.