Linas Linkevičius: Transatlantic unity is a precondition to world peace and security
At his meeting in Washington on 22 September, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius discussed Lithuanian and transatlantic security.
The head of the Lithuania foreign office took part in a debate of US think tanks, the Atlantic Council, the Heritage Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, represented by Alexander Vershbow, Dan Fried, Magnus Nordenman, Heather Conley, Dakota Woods and met with the former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland.
Mr Minister underlined that the offensive and non-transparent Russia-Belarus military exercises could not be considered finished until all Russian military troops and equipment did not return to their usual places of deployment.
Mr Minister said, “In a broad sense, we have been observing “Zapad” exercises for several years as we see ungrounded and high military activity that is not transparent.”
During the debate, the security experts dwelt on tangible measures that might strengthen the security of the whole region, discussed the NATO adaptation initiative, the significance of strengthening transatlantic ties, and support to Ukraine in its fight against the external aggressor.
“Today as never before, the world needs transatlantic unity and moral leadership,” Mr Minister noted.
Minister Linkevičius also drew attention to the danger imminent in hybrid threats by saying, “Be it information attacks underpinned by lies or the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant being built in close vicinity of Lithuania, we must be prepared with an appropriate response to a new type of threats.”
While on his visit to the capital of the US, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister gave interviews to The New York Times, Voice of America, and The Daily Signal.
The inter-institutional working group for nuclear, radiation environmental safety of nuclear power plants built in the neighbourhood of Lithuania that is headed by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius, gathered for a meeting on 18 December 2017.
“We face an unprecedented attempt to impact EU integration and at the same time to give a blow to the West seeking to undermine trust in democracy, human rights, solidarity, and the rule of law. Information campaigns are conducted and social networks are used to that end. The EU should resolutely withstand attempts to undermine ties with its citizens and with the countries aspiring to EU membership,” Linas Linkevičius stated at the Warsaw Security Forum.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, had a meeting with the United States Deputy Secretary of State, John J. Sullivan; Deputy National Security Adviser to the US President, Major General Ricky L. Waddell; and Senior Director for NATO/Europe, National Security Council, Richard J. Hooker, in Washington D.C. on 21 September 2017.
The issue of Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) attracted great attention of the international community during the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention held on 13-16 June in Minsk. Despite intense and difficult discussions the meeting in Minsk concluded without additional decisions with regard to Ostrovets NPP and other cases under the Convention framework. This means that the decision adopted during the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention of 2014 declaring that Belarus violated four articles of the Convention while implementing the Ostrovets NPP project remains valid.