Statement on Russia's failure to comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty
We appreciate the efforts the United States have undertaken to engage Russia with a view to preserving the INF treaty.
In spite of such efforts, Russia failed to take demonstrable steps towards returning to full and verifiable compliance and remains in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty.
A treaty can only work if both signatories continue to fulfil their respective obligations. It is highly unfortunate that in its efforts aimed at obtaining strategic dominance, Russia is undermining the credibility of arms control system and weakening existing security architecture.
Therefore, as stated by NATO earlier today, we, the Allies, support the United States in its decision to suspend its obligations and to provide the requisite six-month written notice of its withdrawal under article XV of the INF Treaty.
Together with our Allies, we shall be reviewing the security implications of Russian intermediate-range missiles on NATO’s defensive posture, and will continue to work together to ensure the credibility and effectiveness of the Alliance’s ability to defend and deter.
Lithuania remains committed to the preservation of international effective arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation regimes.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 17 April, received a response to its note of 12 April over safety and security of the staff of the Lithuanian diplomatic representation and their family members in Moscow from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
On 4 April, at NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Washington, Minister Linas Linkevičius called for response to the actions of Russia in the Black Sea region and in the area of arms control that are weakening European security.
On 3 April in Washington, the USA, on the margins of the NATO's 70th anniversary events, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivana Klympush-Cincadze and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani.
On 3 April Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius participated in the NATO's 70th anniversary events held in Washington, the USA.
Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that flagrantly violates international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will continue to support Ukraine and coherently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea five years ago.
On 24 January, Lithuania‘s Permanent Delegation to NATO and UK‘s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies held a panel discussion at NATO HQ on the topic of “Building Societal Resilience against Hybrid Threats“, with renowned experts such as Elisabeth Braw, RUSI Associate Fellow, Dr Antonio Missiroli, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Eitvydas Bajarūnas, Lithuania‘s Ambassador-at-Large for Hybrid Threats, Viktoras Daukšas, Director of Debunk.eu initiative, and Giedrius Sakalauskas, Head of “Lithuanian Elves”. The event aimed to shed light on the issue of societal resilience, which carries an enormous untapped deterrent potential.