Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry handed a note of protest to the Embassy of Belarus in Vilnius

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 30 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed a diplomatic note to the Belarusian Embassy, protesting against the violation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on state border crossing points.

On Thursday afternoon, Belarus unilaterally, without informing Lithuania, violated the procedures provided for in the bilateral agreement and partially closed its border with Lithuania. Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry requests Belarus to explain the causes and reasons for this violation, and to ensure that it does not happen again.

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Ambassador Kalindra presented his letters of credence to Georgia’s President

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 30 October, Lithuania’s Ambassador Andrius Kalindra presented his letters of credence to the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili.

In the meeting, the interlocutors highlighted that Lithuania and Georgia maintained a strong political dialogue and developed practical cooperation in the fields of foreign policy and security, culture, education, economy and trade, innovation, and renewable energy. The Ambassador underlined that Lithuania continued to consistently support Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.According to Kalindra, Lithuania welcomes Georgia’s active contribution to the implementation of the Eastern Partnership policy and is ready to work together on setting long-term goals to strengthen this initiative. Georgia’s integration into the EU single market remains an ambitious goal ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit, scheduled to take place in 2021.The Ambassador voiced Lithuania’s support for Georgian aspirations of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Kalindra also noted that Lithuania appreciated Georgia’s significant contribution to NATO international operations and missions, and remained committed to the decision taken at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Georgia would  become a member of the Alliance.According to the Ambassador, Lithuania seeks to further deepen the high-level political dialogue between the two countries, including at the level of heads of state and government.

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Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius: Lithuania remains a strong supporter of North Macedonia’s European integration

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 30 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a virtual meeting with Bujar Osmani, who has recently taken office as North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister.

The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, North Macedonia’s EU aspirations, the situation in the Western Balkans, as well as other relevant issues of regional security and cooperation.“Lithuania remains a strong supporter of North Macedonia’s European integration, welcomes the progress made in implementing EU-related reforms, and looks forward for the first intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia on the actual start of accession negotiations already this year,” said Linkevičius.Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of further implementation of the rule of law reforms, especially in the fight against corruption and organised crime, as well as the significance of  alignment with all EU foreign policy positions.The Foreign Ministers also recognised the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation on issues of particular relevance for Lithuania and North Macedonia, including strategic communication, cyber security, sharing the experience of European integration, economic diplomacy, and participation in EU Twinning projects.

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Ambassador Andrius Kalindra presented the copies of his letters of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaliani

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 28 October, the newly appointed Ambassador of Lithuania to Georgia Andrius Kalindra held an introductory meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaliani and presented the copies of his letters of credences at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

The Ambassador Kalindra reaffirmed Lithuania’s consistent support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, and was glad about the current state of play in the relationship between the two like-minded countries. Lithuania’s  Ambassador also informed the Foreign Minister of the commitment to maintain a strong level of political dialogue with Georgia, as well as to further intensify bilateral consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other Ministries of the two countries.
The Ambassador also expressed full support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations with special focus on the effective and swift implementation of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union, as well as the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. Kalindra He pointed out that Lithuania commended Georgian partners for active participation in the Eastern Partnership  (EaP) initiative and valued their input in shaping the EaP policy in the post-2020 period.
At the meeting, the importance of consolidated efforts to support international and regional peace and security initiatives, including the ones related to the situation in Nagorno Karabakh, was also underlined.

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Lithuania sends a note of protest to Belarus over the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets

Source: Republic of Lithuania

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.

Lithuania strongly condemns the decision of the Belarusian authorities to begin using the Ostrovets nuclear facility and to start power production, thus ignoring the safety requirements of Lithuania and the EU. It should also be noted that the safety and security of nuclear facilities are of particular importance for the EU’s relationship with Belarus.“The EU maintains a unified position on the implementation of nuclear safety standards and environmental protection requirements at the Belarusian NP. This position has been expressed at the levels of the European Council, the European Parliament, and the Foreign Affairs Council. The EU has urged Belarus to immediately implement the highest safety standards, environmental requirements, and the EU’s stress test recommendations,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with other Lithuanian institutions, will continue to take actions within the EU, international conventions, and other international formats, aiming to reduce the threats posed by the unsafe Belarusian NPP.

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Lithuania sends a note of protest to Belarus over the nuclear power plant in Astravets

Source: Republic of Lithuania

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 Astravets nuclear power plant (NPP), which poses security threats to the citizens of Lithuania, Belarus, and the European Union.

Lithuania strongly condemns the decision of the Belarusian authorities to begin using the Astravets nuclear facility and to start power production, thus ignoring the safety requirements of Lithuania and the EU. It should also be noted that the safety and security of nuclear facilities are of particular importance for the EU’s relationship with Belarus.“The EU maintains a unified position on the implementation of nuclear safety standards and environmental protection requirements at the Belarusian NP. This position has been expressed at the levels of the European Council, the European Parliament, and the Foreign Affairs Council. The EU has urged Belarus to immediately implement the highest safety standards, environmental requirements, and the EU’s stress test recommendations,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with other Lithuanian institutions, will continue to take actions within the EU, international conventions, and other international formats, aiming to reduce the threats posed by the unsafe Belarusian NPP.

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Winner of the UN75 Art Contest, Lithuanian Artist presents her Art Work at the Palace of Nations in Geneva

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 22 October, well-known Lithuanian artist Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė presented her art work „Wall“ at the opening of the art exhibition “The Future We Want” in Geneva‘s historic Palace of Nations. The art work was nominated to the United Nations Office in Geneva art contest by the Permanent Mission of Lithuania in Geneva.

Painting “Wall” by the Lithuanian artist Ms Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė was selected as the winner among the 44 works of art from all over the world in the United Nations Office in Geneva art contest “The Future We Want” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The artists from Liechtenstein and China won second and third place respectively. The Director of the UN Office in Geneva Ms Tatiana Valovaya awarded her special prize to the artist from Brazil.
S. Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė congratulated guests on the occasion of the UN’s 75th anniversary and drew the parallel between the story reflected in the painting and the painful experience of Lithuanian exiles, that touched her own family. Conceptually engaging and original in technique, Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė’s painting is part of the author’s project “By the Rivers of Babylon. Refugees and Exiles”, on which she worked in 2017-2018. The characters in the painting are separated by an insurmountable wall from the future they want. 
The exhibition in the Palace of Nations will be open until November 12. After that the art works will be transferred to the art gallery „D10 Art Space“ in Geneva’s city centre and exhibited there  until mid-January 2021. 

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Lithuania’s Ambassador Kazakevičius presented his letters of credence to the President of Finland

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 22 October, Lithuania’s Ambassador to Finland Giedrius Kazakevičius presented his letters of credence to the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö. The ceremony was different from the usual, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finland is Lithuania’s close neighbour in the region and our reliable partner. The Lithuanian-Finnish bilateral relationship is dynamic and positive. The two countries closely cooperate within the framework of the European Union and in regional formats, such as the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8), especially in finding solutions to the issues of regional importance. 2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Finland, and the 30th anniversary of their re-establishment.Lithuania and Finland re-established their diplomatic relations on 28 August 1991. Kazakevičius is the 7th Ambassador of Lithuania to Finland after the restoration of Independence.

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Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulated Hungary on its National Day

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 23 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó on the National Day.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister thanked Hungary for its contribution to strengthening the security of Lithuania and the region. Linkevičius also welcomed our good bilateral relations and cooperation within the European Union, NATO, as well as other international organisations.23rd October marks the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the proclamation of the Republic of Hungary in 1989.

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Lithuania’s Ambassador Puišytė-Bostroem presented her letters of credence to Spain’s King Felipe VI

Source: Republic of Lithuania

On 22 October, Lyra Puišytė-Bostroem presented her letters of credence to Spain’s King Felipe VI.

After the ceremony, Lithuania’s Ambassador Puišytė-Bostroem and King Felipe VI of Spain held a bilateral meeting, which focused on prospects for the development of bilateral relations between Lithuania and Spain, possibilities to strengthen political and economic cooperation, and the need to seek a more active dialogue between the institutions and citizens of our countries.The Ambassador thanked Spain for its solidarity and significant contribution to strengthening the security of the Baltic region – the Spanish troops have taken part in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission seven times, as well as in the Alliance’s exercises in Lithuania. Puišytė-Bostroem also noted that we were ready to expand bilateral cooperation in high value added economic areas, such as life sciences, renewable energy, and financial technology. Taking into account the fact that the next year marks the 30th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Spain, and 2022 will mark 100 years after the de jure recognition of the Lithuanian state by Spain, the interlocutors discussed the possibility of organising high-level visits on these special occasions.

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