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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 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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Dear Colleagues, Dear Guests, 
 
2023 was a year of long unseen challenges for the international system. Many of these will inevitably continue in 2024.
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Statement on behalf of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Agenda item 73 “Report of the International Court of Justice” United Nations, New York, 3 November 2023

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Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis participated in the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) forum “Winning the War: Winning the Peace”.

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[Mr Secretary-General,

Mr President of the General Assembly,]

Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to start by thanking Secretary-General Guterres, for laying out his vision for the future of global cooperation in Our Common Agenda, calling for inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns the so-called “elections” of governors, regional legislatures, city and municipal councils, organized by the Russian government and its collaborators on 8-10 September in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as in parts of Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions.

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Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Belarusian chargé d’affaires ad interim and handed him a diplomatic note, expressing a strong protest over violating the Lithuanian state border and destroying border guard infrastructure. Two persons illegally entered Lithuania from Belarus on 22 August. They possibly used cordless metal-cutting circular saws to cut off and demolish two video surveillance camera supports installed on the territory of Lithuania. They returned to Belarus afterwards.

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11 July 2023, Vilnius

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening,and a warm welcome to the Grand Dukes‘ palace for this brief moment to wind down – so well-deserved yet so fleeting like a Lithuanian summer.

We started out with songs of the Forest Brothers – men and women who fought for Lithuania’s freedom against the Soviets in the 1940s and 50s. Tens of thousands were tortured and killed, hundreds of thousands exiled to Siberia and the GULAGs. Yet despite unspeakable oppression, their spirit kept the freedom flame alive during 50 years of the Soviet occupation and brought us to the restored Lithuania you all witness here today – proud, independent, free and at peace.

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On 26 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Russian Federation’s chargé d’affaires ad interim Alexander Elkin and expressed its strong protest over demolishing a monument to deportees from Lithuania and Poland, who are buried in Perm, Russia.

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On 24 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned Qu Baihua, China’s chargé d’affaires ad interim, and expressed its strong protest over the remark by the Chinese Ambassador to France of 22 April that the so-called ‘former Soviet countries’ had no actual status in international law.

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On 28 March, after 11 hours of interinstitutional negotiations, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a provisional political agreement on a regulation on the protection of the Union and its member states from economic coercion by third countries (Anti-Coercion Instrument).

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