On 25 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis is departing for the South Caucasus. This will be the Foreign Minister's first official visit to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, where he will meet with top officials and representatives of civil society to discuss possibilities for further development of Lithuania’s relations with the South Caucasian states, their prospects of cooperation with the European Union, and will express support for reform processes in the countries of the region.
Today, on 23 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of Russia to Lithuania and handed him a diplomatic note, declaring two members of the Embassy's staff personae non gratae, because they had carried out activities incompatible with their diplomatic status, and giving them seven days to leave Lithuania.
On 16 April, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Lithuania Alexey Isakov was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was informed about Lithuania’s disapproval of Russia’s current foreign policy and human rights violations by Russia.
On 8 April, on the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah ve HaGevurah), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust at the Paneriai Memorial. The Foreign Minister noted that a big layer of the Lithuanian culture and identity had been destroyed during the Holocaust, but each lost life was of the greatest importance. Therefore, the memory must be cherished and passed on to future generations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis urged Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners.
Today, on 23 March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Ambassador of China to Lithuania to protest against the Chinese sanctions imposed on the MP Dovilė Šakalienė, EU institutions, and European defenders of human rights in China.
On 19 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas spoke at the second meeting of the foreign ministers of International Coalition for the Sahel. Deputy Minister welcomed results of G5 Summit at N’Djamena that assessed the situation in Sahel and reiterated that Lithuania will maintain its commitment to participation in the United Nations' (UN) MINUSMA operation and European Union's (EU) Training Mission in Mali.
On 2 March, the Council of the European Union imposed targeted restrictive measures on four Russian officials responsible for the jailing of Alexei Navalny and the repression of peaceful protests. This is the first time that the EU imposes sanctions in the framework of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime or the so-called EU Magnitsky Law. The scheme that was adopted on 7 December 2020 enables to target individuals, entities, and other bodies responsible for constant serious human rights violations.
We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania express serious concerns over the political situation developing in Georgia and urge all political forces to act with restraint, de-escalate the situation and seek constructive solution in the interest of Georgia and all its citizens. We stress the critical importance of the rule of law and political dialogue in order to resolve the current crisis.
On the eve of the Foreign Affairs Council to be held on 22 February, EU ministers of foreign affairs, ambassadors, and representatives of the EU institutions met with Leonid Volkov, chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, and Ivan Zhdanov, Director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis.
On 15 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a remote conversation with Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom. The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation, the relationship between the European Union and the UK, the situation in Belarus, the sanctions policy, as well as relations with Russia and China.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania strongly condemns mass detentions and the use of violence against peaceful protesters in the Russian Federation marching in protest against the lawlessness of the government and in support of the arrested leader of the opposition Alexei Navalny for the second weekend already.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns the use of brutal force and arrests of peaceful protestors that violate human rights and breach the principle of the rule of law.
On 12 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis received a letter from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who requested replacing the official Lithuanian name 'Baltarusija' with a form that would be more similar to the one used in the Belarusian language.
On 8 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, whom Lithuania recognises as the legitimate representative of the Belarusian people, and discussed topical issues of further cooperation and the strategy for democratic forces.