Foreign affairs

Foreign Minister in US to discuss further actions of anti-ISIS coalition

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:49
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is attending a meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

US House Speaker Ryan expected to visit Baltics next month

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:23
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, America's third-ranking official after the president and vice-president, is expected to come to one of the Baltic countries next month, the media and diplomats have said.

Seimas reiterates call on Russia to end Crimea occupation (2)

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:16
Crimea
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The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday reiterated its call on Russia to end the occupation of Crimea.

Govenment to decide on EUR 3 mln in support to poor countries

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:22
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The Lithuanian Cabinet of ministers will Wednesday decide on raising the support to impoverished countries of the world.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets the pressFREE

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:14
On 8 March 2017, the Fifth Session of the 12th National People's Congress held a press conference, where Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions from domestic and foreign media on China's foreign policy and external relations.

Poland not among priorities of Seimas' diplomacy

Monday, March 13, 2017 11:08
Although all of Lithuania's biggest political parties emphasized before the 2016 elections the need to resume the relations with Poland, the Seimas board has not listed the aspiration among the main goals of parliamentary diplomacy, 15min.lt news portal said.

Lithuania, Poland destined to cooperate - Walesa

Monday, March 13, 2017 10:34
Poland's former president Lech Walesa at the Baltic and Black Sea Forum in Kaunas
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Lithuania and Poland are destined to cooperate, says Poland's former president Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity movement and the winner of the Nobel Prize for peace.

Baltic states not among top 10 interests of new US Admin – US analyst

Friday, March 3, 2017 12:25
The security of the Baltic states is not among the top 10 issues on the agenda of the new US presidential administration, says US defence expert Samuel Gardiner.

Foreign Minister off to US to meet new presidential admin officials (1)

Monday, February 20, 2017 11:45
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is Monday leaving for the United States to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres and officials of the US President Donald Trump's administration.

US state secretary congratulates Lithuania on Restoration of State Day

Thursday, February 16, 2017 18:33
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has congratulated Lithuania on the Day of Restoration of State, emphasizing the security cooperation between the two countries.

PM Skvernelis: Natl interests shouldn't be sacrificed for backstage pacts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:56
Interests of countries should not be sacrificed for backstage agreements, however, Lithuania has confidence in the United States, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said in Brussels on Tuesday.

Lithuania-Russia cooperation possible only after aggression in Ukraine stops

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:49
Full-fledged cooperation between Lithuania and Russia will only be possible after Moscow stops its aggression against Ukraine and resolves other important issues, Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Darius Skusevičius said after meeting with Russia's ambassador to Vilnius, Alexander Udaltsov, on Monday.

Trump congratulates Lithuania, with focus on Ukraine, defence spending, fighting ISIS

Friday, February 10, 2017 11:17
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Lithuania on the upcoming independence anniversary, thanking for its support to Ukraine and commending for the growing defence spending.

Lithuania strives for victory in race over Belarusian N-plant

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:19
Darius Degutis, Lithuania's ambassador-at-large coordinating the country's position and steps regarding the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus, says that his key mission is to achieve that the plant is built safely or its construction is stopped completely, and to show the real situation in Astravyets to EU partners.

Lithuania trusts US new administration - Grybauskaitė

Thursday, February 9, 2017 16:29
The United States demonstrate commitment to the obligations to partners, therefore, Lithuania has full confidence in the new US administration, says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

President sees Trump's immigration ban as questionable

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 15:07
President Donald Trump
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Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has dismissed as questionable US President Donald Trump's ban on entry of citizens of some Muslim countries.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs on situation in UkraineFREE

Friday, February 3, 2017 16:21
The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, expressing its concern over the substantial deterioration of the security situation in eastern Ukraine in recent days and renewal of active military operations in Avdiivka, with several dozens of killed or injured Ukrainian soldiers and civilians and the recorded use of heavy weaponry;

Situation in Ukraine similar to that in 2014 - ForMin

Friday, February 3, 2017 14:36
Russian soldiers in Ukraine
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The situation in Ukraine has recently been similar to that in 2014, when the most intense fighting took place, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday.

Grybauskaitė; EU must rely more on itself amid Trump's 'unconventional diplomacy'

Friday, February 3, 2017 14:11
The European Union should rely more on itself in the face of US President Donald Trump's statements, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said before the start of a EU summit in Malta on Friday.

1 in 4 Lithuanians worried about Trump - poll (2)FREE

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:03
One in four Lithuanians believe that Donald Trump's accession to the United States' White House may affect the security situation in the region, shows a poll published on Wednesday.

President Trump's ally Giuliani may come to Lithuania in spring - ForMin

Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:27
Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and a political ally of US President Donald Trump, may come to Lithuania in the spring, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.

Lithuanian economists see Trump's possible trade wars as key threat

Friday, January 20, 2017 16:16
Lithuanian economists say global economy could be threatened, if the United States' new President Donald Trump started waging trade wars, although the scenario does not seem very likely for now.

Deputy Foreign Ministers assigned to fields of operations

Friday, January 20, 2017 09:51
Fields of operations and functions of Lithuania's foreign vice-ministers Neris Germanas, Darius Skusevičius and Albinas Sananavičius were Thursday approved by decree signed by Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Lithuanian formin didn't attend Paris conf in diplomatic support for Israel (3)FREE

Monday, January 16, 2017 16:15
Lithuania sent a deputy foreign minister to the Middle East peace conference in Paris, while its neighbors were represented by their top diplomats.

Foreign Minister sees no alternatives to close cooperation with Poland

Friday, January 13, 2017 12:20
There are no alternatives to close cooperation between Lithuania and Poland, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday after meeting with Krzysztof Szczerski, the Secretary of State at the Polish President's Chancellery.

Conservative MP slams Seimas speaker for meeting Russian envoy ahead of Jan 13

Thursday, January 12, 2017 16:16
Lithuania's Conservative MP Mantas Adomėnas has criticized Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis' decision to meet with Russian Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov shortly before the Day of Freedom Defenders, which is marked on January 13.

Prof Landsbergis suggests inviting Russian MPs to Jan 13 memorial events

Thursday, January 12, 2017 16:05
Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post -independence leader, has suggested inviting Russian parliamentarians to memorial events of January 13 coup.

Lithuania hosts Snow Meeting of security policy experts

Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:33
Trakai castle in winter
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Security policy experts are gathering in Lithuania on Thursday for an informal Snow Meeting to discuss the situation in the wake of the US presidential election and threats posed by Russia.

Seimas speaker: meetings with ambassadors a chance to bring up Jan 13 coup

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:58
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says he is astonished by the criticism over his meetings with the Russian and Belarusian ambassadors ahead of the Freedom Defenders Day, noting that the meetings were held to remind the diplomats about their countries' unwillingness to extradite defendants in the January 13 attempted coup trial.

Central, Eastern European politicians urge Trump to stop concessions to Russia

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 09:50
Donald Trump
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Central and Eastern European politicians have urged United States President-Elect Donald Trump to stop making concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he could view the steps as weaknesses and undertake provocations against the Baltic states and Poland.