Conflict-related sexual violence is a deplorable and devastating practice which persists around the world. In some cases it is used as an appalling method of warfare. The widespread use of rape and other forms of sexual violence in armed conflicts demands accelerated action. It inflicts unimaginable suffering and harms individuals, families and communities. But it is not an inevitable consequence of war.
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas conferred the award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star – on the outgoing Special Envoy for Belarus of the United States in Lithuania Julie Fisher.
On 16-17 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania hosts the annual Midsummer Snow Meeting, which will bring together Lithuanian and foreign experts in international security to discuss Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, as well as strengthening the defence and resilience of democratic states.
On 1 June in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas met with the Chair of the EU Integration Committee, Head of the Georgia-Lithuania Friendship Group Maka Botchorishvili, and discussed Georgia’s integration into the European Union.
1. The Republic of Lithuania and the United Kingdom are bound by a shared strategic vision and universal values. We will work together as part of a wider global network of liberty to defend peace, freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, gender equality, rules-based international order, free trade and economic security, for the security and prosperity of our citizens and of Europe as a whole, with values-based foreign policy at the core of our joint undertakings.
On 28 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas met with members of the delegation of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), led by the AJC Executive Director David Harris, who are visiting Vilnius.
On 20 April in Riga, Latvia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis participated in a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany in Riga, Latvia, together with the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, and the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
On 4 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas met with Jonathan Brent, the Executive Director and CEO of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, who is visiting Vilnius.
On 18 March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned Russia's Ambassador to Lithuania Alexey Isakov and handed him a diplomatic note, declaring four employees of the Russian Embassy as personae non gratae in Lithuania for activities incompatible with their diplomatic status, as well as ordering them to leave Lithuania within five days.
Joint statement of Foreign Ministers of Lithuania and Ukraine
Lviv, 15 March 2022
On the 20th day of the new stage of Russia’s armed aggression ongoing since 2014, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine have met in Lviv.
The Ministers condemned in the strongest terms the brutal war that the Russian Federation, with direct involvement of the Republic of Belarus, has launched against a sovereign, peaceful and independent Ukraine. By this horrendous act, Russia has flagrantly violated the fundamental principles of international law, the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and many other documents guiding relations between countries. Lithuania and Ukraine demand Russia to immediately stop its unprovoked and unjustified aggression, and to unconditionally withdraw all its occupational military forces from the entire territory of sovereign Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
The new Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis takes office on 4 March. Karoblis replaces the former Foreign Vice-Minister Arnoldas Pranckevicius, who has been appointed as Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the European Union.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania advises Lithuanian citizens against all travel to Russia due to a lack of available flight options and those in Russia should depart.
On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis remotely took part in an informal video conference of the European Union‘s foreign affairs ministers, who held a discussion on further measures to be adopted in response to Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. Ministers also discussed ways to strengthen Ukraine’s economic and military resilience, and how to tighten EU sanctions against Russia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania takes note of the extended restrictive measures imposed by the European Union yesterday, on 25 February 2022, in response to Russia's military aggression against Ukraine.
On 26 February, on the eighth anniversary of the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns Russia's actions and the continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and demands the immediate cessation of military actions and the immediate withdrawal of the Russian troops from the territory of sovereign Ukraine.