On 29 July, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lithuania rejected Belarus‘s claims that it was mistreating migrants crossing their mutual border. Lithuania underlined that the refugee flows it faces are irregular and artificially created by the Belarusian regime in Minsk in order to put political pressure on the Government of Lithuania and the EU.
On 16 July, Lithuania informed the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of a sharp increase in the number of third country nationals illegally crossing the state border from Belarus into Lithuania over the past two months.
On 12 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the EU's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels and stressed the importance of the EU's solidarity with Lithuania, which was dealing with the Belarusian regime's migratory pressure, and proposed considering measures for the EU's joint response.
On 8 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Marija Pejčinović Burić and discussed topical issues of the region, and the CoE's role in defending the main values of the organisation: democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.
On 8 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in the closing session of the 4th Ukraine Reform Conference.
On 6-7 July, the 3rd meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the “Lublin Triangle” – Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine – took place in Vilnius. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis welcomed his Polish and Ukrainian counterparts, who came to take part in the “Lublin Triangle” meeting on the eve of the Ukraine Reform Conference. After a long pause due to the pandemic, the event offered the Foreign Ministers the opportunity to discuss various aspects of closer trilateral cooperation in a face-to-face meeting.
On 2 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in an online event “Economy, environment, education – possible seeds for Ukraine’s growth?”, during which the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform presented its proposals regarding Ukraine’s priorities for the future reform agenda. According to the initiators of the civil initiative, there must be three guiding principles for reform: a new quality of education, new elements of economic growth, and a new environmental policy.
Intervention by the Nordic and Baltic States
delivered by H.E. Amb. Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva
1 July 2021
On 28 June in Rome, Italy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the margins of the Plenary Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS.
On 28 June at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors of the countries of the European Union, NATO and the Eastern Partnership's 'Associated Trio' (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine), who reside in Vilnius, were acquainted with the latest data on the illegal migration flows to Lithuania prompted by Lukashenko's regime and actions taken by Lithuanian state institutions to prevent irregular migration to the EU.
On 28 June in Rome, Italy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Plenary Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS along with forty other Ministers of the Coalition.
On 25 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, held meetings in Baku with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
On 24 June 2021, in Vienna, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Lithuania rejected Russia’s accusation of serious human rights violations. Lithuania’s representative informed the Council about her country’s commitment to a policy of zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance, xenophobia and other manifestations of hate. She also reaffirmed that the rights of national minorities in Lithuania are guaranteed by the Constitution and that its laws fully conform to its international commitments. Lithuania also actively promotes media freedom and freedom of expression, and strictly adheres to international commitments in this area.
On 24 June, at a virtual high-level event "Media Under Attack in Belarus: International Action Needed as Human Rights Crisis Intensifies” organised by the Permanent Mission of Lithuania in Geneva in cooperation with the non-governmental organizations —PEN America and the Human Rights House Foundation — the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis called on the international community to stand in solidarity with journalists detained and imprisoned in Belarus, as well as to seek their release, including Raman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega.
On 24-26 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, will visit the South Caucasus, as mandated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.