- 2018-12-11 On 11 December at 10:00 a.m., the Minister Linas Linkevičius is attending a meeting at the Seimas
- 2018-12-11 On 11 December, the Vice-Minister Darius Skusevičius is participating in the 10th Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in Tbilisi
- 2018-12-11 On 11 December, the Vice-Minister Albinas Zananvičius is participating in the General Affairs Council (Art. 50) in Brussels
- 2018-12-12 On 12 December at 10:00 a.m., the Minister Linas Linkevičius is attending a meeting of the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs
- 2018-12-12 On 12 December at 1:00 p.m., the Minister Linas Linkevičius is taking part in the Government meeting and sitting
Linas Linkevičius: US’s continued focus on the security of our region
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.
“I have been reassured of the continued focus of the US on the security of Lithuania and our region as a whole, and I have heard clear understanding of threats to the Baltic region and the transatlantic community,” Linas Linkevičius said after the meeting.
Mr Minister thanked the US for deploying its military personnel and equipment, as well as additional fighter-jets in Lithuania during the Russia-Belarus military exercises “Zapad“.
“The alleged transparency of the exercises while only selective and limited access was given to a small part of the exercises continues to cause reasonable concern of the international community over an offensive nature of the exercises. Even though an active phase of “Zapad” has already finished, in a broad sense, the exercises have been going on since 2008, which is manifested in both non-transparent and markedly increased military activity and aggressive military actions. We must continue with our resolute and consistent policy of sending a message that any aggression or violation of the sovereignty of neighbouring countries will bear a high price,” the Lithuanian Foreign Minister said.
The US officials thanked Lithuania for its firm and principled position on sanctioning Russia for its aggressive policy and for Lithuania’s consistent support to Ukraine; they also agreed that bilateral and multilateral measures for strengthening Europe’s security and world peace had to stay in place.
During the meeting between Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution, and the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, global challenges to security and democratic norms and threats to the international order posed by aggressive Russian politics were discussed.
Mr Minister also participated in the annual transatlantic conference held by the Center for European Policy Analysis where he spoke on the future of transatlantic relations and a security situation in the region. He touched upon the impact of US-Russia relations on the security of our region and noted that it was of utmost importance to name Russian actions as keeping silent undermined the unity of democratic states and encouraged aggressors to proceed.
“Trampling upon moral and human rights issues and silence about disregarding them would inevitably result in a real security crisis in our region and huge economic losses of Western countries,” Mr Minister said.
Minister Linkevičius also visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum and lit a candle honouring the memory of Lithuanian Jews, victims of the Holocaust.
Philadelphia, PA—October 9, a 17’x17’ LED sculpture entitled “Gardens” by internationally acclaimed Lithuanian American artist Ray Bartkus was officially unveiled at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian statehood. The artwork will be displayed in Commonwealth Plaza, the lobby of the Center located at 300 South Broad Street in Center City until November 9
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, congratulated United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and all Americans on the occasion of Independence Day, the Fourth of July.
With the NATO Summit upcoming on 11–12 July 2018, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, and US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, spoke by phone on 28 June.