Tonight, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and once again urged him to address the problem of the air transport channel for irregular migration between Baghdad and Minsk.
On 20 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis discussed challenges posed by flows of illegal migrants from Belarus to Lithuania and thanked our EU partners for their solidarity and support at a meeting with the EU Ambassadors, who are residing in and accredited to Lithuania.
On 12 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the EU's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels and stressed the importance of the EU's solidarity with Lithuania, which was dealing with the Belarusian regime's migratory pressure, and proposed considering measures for the EU's joint response.
On 2 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in an online event “Economy, environment, education – possible seeds for Ukraine’s growth?”, during which the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform presented its proposals regarding Ukraine’s priorities for the future reform agenda. According to the initiators of the civil initiative, there must be three guiding principles for reform: a new quality of education, new elements of economic growth, and a new environmental policy.
On 24-26 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, will visit the South Caucasus, as mandated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
On 21 June, the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg focused on the EU's response to repression and systematic human rights violations by the Belarusian regime. Prior to the meeting, Foreign Ministers had an informal breakfast meeting with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, representative of the Belarusian pro-democratic forces, who came to Luxembourg at the invitation of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell. In the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis voiced his strong support to the people of Belarus, who were struggling for democratic change in the country. According to Lithuania's Foreign Minister, Belarusians must know that they will not be left to fight the regime on their own. The EU is ready to provide serious economic support for the democratic transformation of Belarus.
On 16 June in Brussels, the Coreper approved a new package of sanctions against the physical persons and legal entities (78 individuals and 7 companies), who are responsible for systematic human rights violations and repression in Belarus, as well as involved in the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft in Minsk and the detention of Raman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega.
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius attended the informal video conference of development ministers, which EU Development Ministers informally exchanged views on middle-income countries (MICs)- development in transition, and human development.
On 27 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis is taking part in an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Lisbon, which focuses on the implementation of the European Council conclusions on Belarus, conflicts in the Eastern Neighbourhood, EU-Africa relations, and the EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.
On 26-27 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will take part in an informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) in Lisbon, Portugal.
On 23 May, Lithuania called on the EU member states to discuss a dangerous incident — the forced landing in Minsk of a Ryanair passenger plane flying from Athens to Vilnius — at a special meeting of the European Council the next day.
On 20 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade), which focused on strengthening the world trade system, the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) reform, and the need for the EU and the US to take a leadership role in these processes.
On 19 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will take part in a video conference of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers. The meeting will focus on the situation in Ukraine and the increasing tension due to Russia’s current policies.
On 30 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in the fifth Brussels Conference 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' and voiced Lithuania’s support for refugees affected by conflict in Syria and for internally displaced persons. The conference took place in a virtual format. Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister also expressed Lithuania’s support for the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen and for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, as well as stressed the need to seek accountability for crimes committed in Syria.
On 2 March, the Council of the European Union imposed targeted restrictive measures on four Russian officials responsible for the jailing of Alexei Navalny and the repression of peaceful protests. This is the first time that the EU imposes sanctions in the framework of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime or the so-called EU Magnitsky Law. The scheme that was adopted on 7 December 2020 enables to target individuals, entities, and other bodies responsible for constant serious human rights violations.