Statement on Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns the obvious invasion of the territory of Ukraine by the armed forces of the Russian Federation.
Such actions taken by the Russian Federation are gross violation of fundamental principles of international law and agreements reached at international meetings. These actions openly violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and undermine security across the entire region.
Lithuania calls on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces, weaponry and equipment from the sovereign territory of Ukraine, and to end support in any form for the armed separatists in east of Ukraine.
Undoubtedly, the ongoing and ever-increasing flows of weapons and armed militant groups from the territory of the Russian Federation to east of Ukraine, as well as the actions taken by the Russian armed forces inside of Ukraine will receive an adequate response from the international community and its institutions. Lithuania urges the UN Security Council to discuss this matter immediately.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, participated in an international ministerial conference on 6 July in London to discuss the agenda and implementation of Ukrainian reform. Minister Linkevičius noted that Ukraine needed a strong European prospect, as well as support for the implementation of its reforms and a comprehensive economic investment programme.
On 27 April together with representatives of Ukrainian and European institutions, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius launched the Ukraine Forum organised by the think-tank European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, paid a working visit to Vilnius on 24 April. He had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, where intensive bilateral cooperation was discussed and the necessity to continue developing economic ties was endorsed.
“Ukrainian leaders and people speak not only about cordial friendship but about brotherly relations between our two nations,” said Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, summarising his three day visit to Ukraine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, on 30 December, visited the children who had suffered from military operations in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and who study at Vilnius Lithuanians’ School now.
On 20 December, 2016 Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius signed a book of condolences opened at the Embassy of the Russian Federation for the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Andrei Karlov who died tragically in Ankara.