We continue to observe the situation in Belarus, where presidential elections took place on the 9th of August. The elections did not comply with the international commitments of Belarus and globally recognised standards of democracy, and they were not free and fair.
On 7 August the Embassy of Belarus was presented with a protest note by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which strongly condemns Belarus’s actions to begin the loading of nuclear fuel into the unsafe nuclear power plant at the Astravets site in Belarus.
During their phone conversation of 6 August Minister Linas Linkevičius and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz discussed the situation in Belarus. The Ministers agreed to continue to carefully monitor the situation in the neighbouring state, to co-ordinate their actions and highlighted the importance of co-ordination at the EU level.
On 30 July, the Ambassador of Lithuania Valdemaras Sarapinas presented his letters of credence to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
On 30 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi. This was their first conversation since G. Ashkenazi’s appointment as the Israeli Foreign Minister.
On 27 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al Safadi. The Foreign Ministers discussed topical issues of bilateral relations and highlighted their mutual interest in developing cooperation in the fields of information technology (IT), financial technology (FinTech), life sciences, and cyber security.
On 25 July, Vytautas Toleikis, a teacher and public figure, received an award “For Merit to the Friendship between India and Lithuania”. The solemn ceremony was held in Rusnė on 25 July.
On 24 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, co-chaired the 14th meeting of the Lithuania-Ukraine Commission for European Integration via video conference.
On 13 July, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Croatia Jūratė Raguckienė presented her letters of credence to the President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski.
On 15 July, Lithuania will send essential medical supplies for combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the United States of America. The medical devices were manufactured in Lithuania.
On 10 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov chaired the sixth remote meeting of the Lithuania-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental Commission on Bilateral Cooperation.
On 7 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Finland to Lithuania Christer Gustaf Michelsson.
On 6 July, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Croatia Jūratė Raguckienė presented copies of her letters of credence to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Andrej Zernovski.
On 3 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and discussed challenges posed by the global pandemic, as well as other relevant issues of global policy and regional security.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne on Canada Day.