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In recent years, following the rigged elections of 2020 and mass protests in Belarus, the regime of Alexander Lukashenko has transformed into a totalitarian dictatorship that aims to maintain power and complete control of the country and its citizens. The human rights situation in the country has become critical: the number of political prisoners is rising, opposition parties are banned, all independent media outlets and non-governmental organisations shut down, strict censorship was imposed, repression and intimidation continue to deter any participation in democratic processes and attempts to defend fundamental rights and freedoms in protests. Human rights organisations have identified thousands of cases of torture and cruel treatment of the Belarusian people by force structures. There is no information on the fate of many political prisoners; it is unclear if they are still alive and healthy. All this has become a common practice of the Belarusian regime aimed at undermining attempts by Belarusians to protest or resist. Moreover, the Lukashenko regime continues to use aggressive rhetoric and pursues a hostile foreign policy towards its neighbours – weaponising irregular migration to destabilise the situation in Lithuania and other EU countries, disregarding international nuclear safety standards, supporting the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, etc.

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On 26 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis, conferred the Foreign Ministry’s award of honour – Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star – on the Honorary Consul General of Lithuania in Japan Shigehiro Komaru for his merits in fostering bilateral relations between Lithuania and Japan, as well as initiatives that contribute to the deepening of relations between our countries and strategic partnership.

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On 23 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis, spoke at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

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On 23 February, the European Union adopted the 13th package of individual and economic sanctions against Russia.

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On 22 February, at the Raisina Dialogue conference, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, participated in a discussion on sustainable risk reduction and the new North-South partnership.

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On February 21, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, met with his Nepalese counterpart, Narayan Prakash Saud, on the margins of the “Raisina Dialogue” security conference.

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On February 21-23, the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy, Gabrielius Landsbergis, is going to New Delhi to participate in the 9th edition of the Raisina Dialogue 2024.

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On 19 February in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council and discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and situations in the Middle East and the Sahel region.

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On 19 February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Vilnius.

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Almost ten years have passed since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion and aggression against Ukraine.

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Today, on 19 February in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, attends the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union. The head of Lithuania’s diplomacy spoke on assistance to Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and other issues.

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On 15 February, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Romania and Bulgaria, Artūras Žurauskas, presented his letters of credence to the President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev.

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On 19 February in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, will attend the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union, focusing on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the situation in the Middle East and the Sahel region.

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