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Minister of Foreign Affairs

Linas Linkevičius

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Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that flagrantly violates international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will continue to support Ukraine and coherently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea five years ago.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius extended his condolences to the people of Brazil over mudslides at a dam near the city of Belo Horizonte. Lithuania's Foreign Minister wished strength to the families of the victims and to everyone who had been affected by this terrible disaster.

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Lithuania welcomes the ratification by Greece's parliament of the historic agreement between Greece and Macedonia that changes the name of Macedonia. The country will now be called the Republic of Northern Macedonia. This sets an example of reconciliation between different nations and will bring a decades-old dispute close to an end.

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Excellences, Charges d’Affaires,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you to this traditional annual meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius. Let me greet you all in one of the oldest of all the modern Indo-European languages – the Lithuanian language – “Sveiki atvykę!”

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius extended his heartfelt condolences to the Czech and Polish Foreign Ministers over an explosion in a coal mine in the Czech Republic of 20 December. L.Linkevičius also wished strength to the victims' families and a speedy recovery to the injured.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns actions undertaken by the Russian Federation on 25 November against Ukrainian navy vessels, which resulted in a physical blockade of the Azov Sea and the ramming of Ukrainian boats. In addition, the Russian coast guard vessels opened fire, injured Ukrainian sailors, and illegally seized Ukrainian navy vessels.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns illegitimate “voting” conducted by the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” on 11 November that is contrary to norms of international law.

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The leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offers its deepest condolences and wishes strength to the family and friends, the leadership of the Federal Republic of Germany and NATO‘s enhanced forward presence battle group in Lithuania, over the death of the German soldier who died on 6 October during the exercises of the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion at Pabradė training area.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias and expressed his deep condolences over the wildfires in Greece that had taken many lives. Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister wished strength to the relatives of the victims and to those who had been affected by the wildfires.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania considers that by deciding to institute criminal proceedings against Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who investigate the case of January 13, the Investigative Committee of Russia openly asserts pressure on Lithuania, its courts, and law enforcement officials.

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It is a great honor to address you on this special occasion, when we are celebrating the Centennial of the restoration of the Lithuanian State.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Congratulations to all participants of the Annual Meeting! I would like to start with what is today perhaps the greatest concern for everyone interested in international relations. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore certain divergence in our vital transatlantic relationship. While Russia's actions continue to pose the major threat to our security, Europe is still looking at the West – the USA – that has been and will remain an indispensable pillar of our common security architecture, its cornerstone. The growing rift between the EU and the United States of America has raised concerns. We have even heard high-ranking officials say in public that the world we thought we knew no longer exists.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deplores the statement issued by the Embassy of the Russian Federation which prevents the 17th youth expedition “Misija Sibiras” (Mission Siberia) from traveling to locations in Russia where Lithuanian deportees are buried which was intended to take place from 17 July to 1 August.

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Lithuania firmly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within the borders recognised by the international community and condemns Syria’s decision to recognise the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) as “independent states”. This is a grave violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and international law. We call upon the Government of Syria to carry out a policy underpinned by norms of international law rather than succumb to pressure from third countries and to repeal the decision without delay.

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Lithuania supports the efforts of the Joint Investigation Team and trusts the independent and impartial investigation into the causes of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) of 17 July 2014 while it was flying over Ukraine.

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