On 22 August in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Ambassador Kurt Volker, who attends a conference on regional leadership at Vilnius University. The conference is hosted by the President Valdas Adamkus.
On 9 August, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with Claudio Graziano, Chief of the Italian Army, who is visiting Lithuania. Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister thanked Italy for its role in strengthening security of the Baltic States and underlined Lithuania’s readiness to continue to actively contribute to international efforts to counter terrorism, illegal migration and other threats to European security.
“Kremlin’s information warfare targeted at the West has reached a hot phase. Therefore if we want to win the war, we must consolidate even more of our efforts and be more resolute and united,” the head of the Lithuanian foreign office noted at the high-level conference in Riga “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017”.
Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a meeting with Heinrich Brauss, Assistant Secretary General of NATO, in Vilnius on 4 July 2017 and discussed NATO’s further plans to strengthen collective defence and improve resilience to propaganda, cyber and other hybrid-type attacks.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg conducting a visit in Lithuania praised Lithuania for increasing defence spending and efforts to strengthen security in the region at a meeting with Ministers of National Defence and Foreign Affairs in the evening of June 11. The NATO leader also underlined that as Lithuania increased defence financing it also strengthened the Alliance’s resolve to enhance collective defence.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, said at the global security forum GLOBSEC that NATO had to maintain its ability to adapt to new challenges and focus on its main task, collective defence; the success of the Alliance would depend on that in the future.
On 9 May in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius and NATO’s first Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven discussed hybrid threats, Lithuania’s efforts to defend against these threats, the improvement of the crisis management system, as well as the importance of increasing national resistance.
At the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels on 31 March, Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania underlined the significance of strengthening defence in the face of challenges posed by Russia.
On 13 March in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with a delegation of members of Political Committees of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, consisting of parliamentary representatives from France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece and Turkey, as well as of associate members from the parliaments of Sweden, Finland and Georgia.
An informal Snow Meeting brought together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts for the tenth time in Paunguriai, the district of Trakai, to discuss the main challenges facing the transatlantic community today and responses to them.
On 12 January in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemöller and discussed topical NATO and security issues, the implementation of decisions of NATO’s Summit in Warsaw and preparations for the next summit, which would be take place in Brussels this year.
On 11 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, and discussed the implementation of decisions of the NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister thanked the General for his contribution to strengthening Lithuania’s security.
An informal Snow Meeting will bring together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts for the tenth time to discuss the main challenges facing the transatlantic community today and responses to them.
The U.S. leadership role in NATO has acquired special significance in the face of growing security challenges, therefore, Lithuania is ready to work closely with the next U.S. administration. This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius at a meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels.
On 8 November in Bucharest, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with NATO’s new Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and discussed the Alliance’s role in maintaining a strong transatlantic link, as a security guarantor.