On 11-12 July in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the NATO summit as part of a delegation led by the President Dalia Grybauskaitė. The meeting charted NATO's path in a changing world for the years ahead. The Alliance is adapting to be a more agile, responsive and innovative organisation, which defends itself against any threat.
On 19 June, Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with foreign ministers of the Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad countries in Stockholm (Sweden).
On 16 May in Washington,D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, met with the U.S. President's National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place on 27 April in Brussels. It focused on Russia’s aggressive military activity, hybrid attacks against NATO’s member countries and its partners. In the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius noted that during the forthcoming NATO summit the countries should in solidarity send the message that the Alliance was determined to defend its member countries and values.
Prior to the spring Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti on 26 April. The interlocutors agreed that the deployment of battlegroups to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, which had been agreed upon at the NATO summit in Warsaw, was an excellent example of successful implementation of rapid and solidarity-based solutions.
On 6 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius opened the American-Lithuanian conference on air defence in the Baltic region in Washington, D.C. The publication ‘Toward Effective Air Defence in Northern Europe’ by Philip Breedlove, NATO's former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, was presented. One of the most important issues of our region’s capacities – the development of a regional air defence system – was discussed at the conference.
On 5 February in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller discussed preparations for the upcoming meeting of heads of state and government of NATO member countries. Gottemoeller is visiting Lithuania on the occasion of the first anniversary of the deployment of the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania.
An informal Snow Meeting brought together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts on 11-12 January in Trakai district. The meeting discussed the main challenges facing the transatlantic community and ways to respond to them.
“A smooth deployment of NATO’s additional forces in the Baltic states and Poland is the most significant step towards the consolidation of the Alliance’s collective defence after the end of the Cold War,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius at the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels.
“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.
The international seminar “Russia’s influence in the Baltic Sea Region – national and institutional experiences countering hybrid threats” was held in Vilnius on 7 November 2017. It aimed to consolidate the responses of participating countries to the challenges posed by hybrid threats and to get a better insight into the Russian influence in the Baltic region.
On 10 October in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius participated in a flag-raising ceremony at the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence. The centre that celebrates its 5th anniversary was joined by the United States of America and Germany.
On 9 October in Warsaw, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of States of Central and Eastern Europe (B9). The countries are also member states of NATO. The Foreign Ministers agreed to further pursue concrete solutions to continue NATO’s adaptation to the new security environment.
On 6 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with members of a delegation of the National Defence Committee of the Polish Sejm (Parliament), led by the head of the Committee Michał Jach. The meeting once again recognized that Lithuania and Poland were equally aware and made the same evaluation of threats in the region, as well as they had found same ways to address them.
On 2 October, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats was officially opened in Helsinki, Finland.