On 3 October, a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and handed a note declaring the chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabokon as persona non grata. Sergey Ryabokon is given five days to leave the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns Russia’s illegal decision to annex the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia, parts of which are under temporary Russian occupation, announced today, on 30 September 2022 by the President of Russia.
On September 14, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ireland, Simon Coveney, visited Odesa (Ukraine), where they met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba. At the meeting, G. Landsbergis emphasized the necessity to ensure the safety of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in order to avoid a nuclear catastrophe in Europe. To achieve this, complete expulsion of the Russian occupation forces, with the help of the international community and coalition of the willing is needed.
On the 31rd of August the Government of the Republic of Lithuania has approved the nomination of Chief Commissioner, Deputy Police Commissioner General of Lithuanian Police, Arūnas Paulauskas for the position of Vice President for Europe at the Executive Committee of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) for the term 2022-2025.
On 31 August, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and was handed in a note of protest over the statements announced by the chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Russian Embassy in Lithuania Sergey Ryabokon that undermined the events of 13 January 1991 and cynically distorted historical facts.
Today, on 29 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with heads of 63 Lithuanian diplomatic missions, consular posts and representations to international organisations.
On the 26th of August 1991, Mr. Lennart Meri, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Mr. Janis Jurkans, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Mr. Algirdas Saudargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, met with Mr. Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland in Höfði, Reykjavík, to sign Joint Declarations on the Re-establishment of diplomatic relations.
On 19 August, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Egidijus Meilūnas had a telephone conversation with Rick Waters, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Douglas D. Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
On 3 August, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the nomination of Prof. Rimvydas Laužikas for the Expert position in the Evaluation Body of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the term 2023-2026. The candidate's election campaign will be run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
There are reasons to be optimistic about Lithuania’s trade data for the first half of 2022. The Government’s goal of diversifying export markets has not only proved successful but is also gaining momentum.
In order to support the efforts of the international community to mitigate the negative effects of the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine and help victims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 200 000 for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) humanitarian assistance activities in Ukraine.
On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Lublin Triangle – a trilateral platform for political, economic and social cooperation between the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland and Ukraine –
On 26 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis met with a Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesman for the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Foreign Affairs Committee in the German Bundestag Roderich Kiesewetter.
On 26 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis met with the outgoing Dutch Ambassador to Lithuania Bonnie Horbach.
On 21 July, the European Union officially adopted its new 'maintenance and alignment' package of sanctions, which introduces a new prohibition to import gold, also includes one of Russia's largest banks - Sberbank - and extends for six more months all the already existing restrictive measures.