“I would like to sincerely thank the DFDS Seaways shipping company, officials and diplomats of Ukraine, Turkey, Denmark, Lithuania, Morocco and Algeria for their endless effort, dedication and skill that have led to the voluntary repatriation of all 12 illegal immigrants on board the Kaunas Seaways ferry sailing under the flag of Lithuania in the Black Sea,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. The remainder of the immigrants abandoned the ship on 2 November and returned to their countries of origin through Odessa and Turkish airports.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is paying a working visit to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Today, Linkevičius met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ghana Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and discussed opportunities for bilateral development, cooperation in multilateral formats, security and development challenges in the region. Linkevičius also met with the President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo, the First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Joseph Osei Owusu, and the Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
On 18 September, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and was handed a diplomatic note over a violation of the Lithuanian airspace.
On 5 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), organized training for Lithuanian journalists reporting from conflict zones or for journalists who report on conflicts.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius sent a letter to the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson extending his condolences over a deadly terror attack in London, the capital city of the country, on the evening of June 3rd. Terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market has claimed the life of seven innocent people and injured around fifty.
According to Twiplomacy Study 2017, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is among the world’s 10 most mutually connected world leaders and institutions on Twitter.
On 29 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius welcomed the participants of the ongoing international conference ‘Crimean Tatars after three years of the occupation of Crimea: the current situation and international community’s further response strategy’ at the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania.
The fourth Vilnius Russia Forum will be held in Vilnius on 18-19 May. It is expected that more than 100 politicians, civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academicians, journalists from Russia, Lithuania and other Western countries will attend the event.
Lithuania’s position with regard to Astravets NPP is a highly principled and clear one: construction of Astravets NPP shall be stopped on grounds of non-compliance of the project to international standards of environmental protection and nuclear safety, on grounds of numerous extremely gross violations during the project development process, repetitive major incidences on the construction site of Astravets NPP, poor occupational safety culture, lack of competence and expertise in the project development process on the part of nuclear safety regulatory authority and organisations in charge of construction works of Astravets NPP, and on grounds of persistent manipulations with international instruments and public opinion in Belarus and neighbouring countries.
In his comments on the Law on Necessary Measures against Threats Posed by Unsafe Nuclear Power Plants in Third Countries, passed by the Seimas on 20 April 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius notes that this resolute step is a very important political signal to Belarus and all partners in the region which shows Lithuania’s firm position concerning the Astravets NPP.
On 4 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius appointed the diplomat Darius Degutis as Ambassador-at-Large, who will be responsible for issues related to the Astravets nuclear power plant (NPP). The Ambassador will aim to strengthen positions of responsible Lithuanian institutions and enhance coordination of actions towards the Belarusian NPP project at the national and international levels.
On 9 December, 2016 on the occasion of Human Rights Day and as part of the EU initiative “#EU4HumanRights", the Ministry of Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania is organizing a public discussion – “The role of freedom of expression in promotion of human rights”.
On 25 October, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry’s building was lit in orange on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, along with the Vilnius Town Hall, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service in Brussels, and other famous buildings in the world capitals.
On 24 November in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the Syrian journalist, human rights defender and women’s rights activist Kholoud Helmi.