On 21 November, the second round of parliamentary elections was held in Georgia. We congratulate the people of Georgia on having expressed their will in the parliamentary elections, which were conducted under the new electoral system, allowing a wider range of political forces to be represented in the new Parliament.
On 11 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania handed a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus over the official information about the incident that had occurred during the commissioning of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (on the Ostrovets site).
At the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on 17 September 2020, 17 participating States – Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States – invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus. The joint statement was delivered by Ambassador Neil Bush, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the OSCE, on behalf of the invoking States.
On 4 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania sent a note of protest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in response to information received yesterday on the start of power production in the unsafe Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP).
On 27 October, Lithuania sent a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, protesting against the irresponsible and hasty launch of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP), which poses security threats to the citizens of Lithuania, Belarus, and the European Union.
October 16, 2020 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Foreign ministers Linas Linkevičius of Lithuania, Edgars Rinkēvičs of Latvia, Urmas Reinsalu of Estonia and François-Philippe Champagne of Canada met jointly today in Vilnius for the first time.
In response to a secretly held self-inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko for the new term of the President of Belarus on 23 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania reaffirms that the presidential election held in Belarus on 9 August did not comply with the international commitments of Belarus and globally recognized standards of democracy. It was not free and fair. Thus, Lithuania recognizes neither the result of the election nor Alexander Lukashenko as a legitimate leader of Belarus. The newly self-inaugurated Lukashenko does not legally have any rights to represent the people of Belarus or their interests.
Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for the United States of America’s non-recognition policy, by which it never formally accepted the occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the Soviet Union.
It is in our interests to foster a good neighborly relationship with Belarus built on mutual respect and trust. However, this also depends on the will and actions of our neighboring country.
On 29 June, Lithuania, together with Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta, issued a joint letter signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs/European Affairs and Transport. The letter addressed to Members of the European Parliament calls on the recipients to assess the implications of the so-called Mobility Package 1 proposal for the single market and environmental protection.
On 19 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius expressed his condolences over the passing of one of the most well known Lithuanian public figures in the United States, the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Florida, the founder of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the patron and an especially eager promoter of the Lithuanian national identity – Stanley Balzek Jr.
On 2 June 2020, the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland met in Tallinn to discuss COVID-19 related topics, regional cooperation and international affairs.
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This year, as we commemorate 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe, we primarily honour those who fought against, and ultimately defeated, Nazism. We also remember the tens of millions of innocent victims who lost their lives during the war, including those six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazis and their collaborators.
Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020, we pay tribute to the victims and to all soldiers who fought to defeat Nazi Germany and put an end to the Holocaust.
On 15 April, the four Groups of Friends on the Safety of Journalists at UNESCO, the United Nations, and the OSCE issued the first joint statement on the safety of journalists and access to information during the COVID-19 crisis. Lithuania, which chairs the Groups of Friends on the Safety of Journalists in New York and Vienna, has also actively contributed to the preparation of the joint statement.