We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine, strongly condemn the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine that has caused enormous suffering to the Ukrainian people. It has also undermined security and stability in Europe and represents a serious attack on our rules based international order.
On November 25, Lithuanian foreign minister Landsbergis and Norwegian foreign minister Huitfeldt visited Bardufoss, where they met with representatives of the Norwegian Armed Forces and visited Norwegian troops to be deployed to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.
On 23 November, Lithuania marked the 20th anniversary of the US security promise to Lithuania. At the commemorative event in the Vilnius Town Hall, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis noted that the US security promise to Lithuania and NATO's Open Doors policy had inspired and strengthened Lithuania.
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists was established on 2 November 2013, so that the international community could stand together in support of journalists and media workers, and demonstrate its commitment to fighting against impunity for crimes committed against them.
Today, on October 16, 2022 the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania issued a joint statement calling on the EU, together with international partners, to help Ukraine to establish a Special Tribunal. This tribunal would investigate the crime of aggression and would fill in the existing jurisdictional loophole, and would ensure Russia's accountability against Ukraine.
On 3 October, a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and handed a note declaring the chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabokon as persona non grata. Sergey Ryabokon is given five days to leave the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns Russia’s illegal decision to annex the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia, parts of which are under temporary Russian occupation, announced today, on 30 September 2022 by the President of Russia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis spoke on behalf of the Baltic States at the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine on 22 September 2022
Statement by the Foreign Minister at the annual meeting of Lithuanian Ambassadors on 29 August 2022
A Year of Unprecedented Challenges
When the former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was asked by a younger colleague what the biggest difficulties used to be, he replied: ‘Events, my dear boy, events.’ Events that just happen, even though they may be unwelcome or unsolicited.
On 31 August, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and was handed in a note of protest over the statements announced by the chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Russian Embassy in Lithuania Sergey Ryabokon that undermined the events of 13 January 1991 and cynically distorted historical facts.
On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Lublin Triangle – a trilateral platform for political, economic and social cooperation between the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland and Ukraine –
Lithuania condemns Russia’s war against Ukraine and continues to advocate for the expansion of a policy of sanctions against Russia. The European Union and other like-minded countries must continue to step up their severe sanctions against Russia until the country stops its aggression against Ukraine and withdraws its troops from occupied territories.
Joint Statement at the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Improving Global Road Safety on the situation of road safety in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression on Thursday, 30 June 2022.
Today, on 20 June, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania with the Chargé d'Affaires ad interim of the Russian Federation to Lithuania, Sergey Ryabokon. The Russian diplomat was handed a diplomatic note explaining the European Union's restrictive measures that apply to restricted goods of specific categories in transit by rail to and from Kaliningrad.
Conflict-related sexual violence is a deplorable and devastating practice which persists around the world. In some cases it is used as an appalling method of warfare. The widespread use of rape and other forms of sexual violence in armed conflicts demands accelerated action. It inflicts unimaginable suffering and harms individuals, families and communities. But it is not an inevitable consequence of war.