Foreign affairs

ForMin thinks that elections gave fresh view of ties with Poland (1)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:22
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
After the parliamentary elections Lithuania and Poland may take a fresh look on the bilateral ties, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said at a Brussels meeting with his Polish counterpart, Witold Waszczykowski.

Honorary Consulate of Austria opens in VilniusFREE

Friday, December 2, 2016 16:16
Honorary Consulate of Austria opens in Vilnius
Augustas Didžgalvis
Distinguished guests came to the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic Austria in Vilnius on December 1. Upon arrival they were greeted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Lithuania, H.E. Johann Spitzer and Prof. Vytautas Mizaras, the newly appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria to Lithuania.

President appoints new ambassador to Greece

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:11
Rolandas Kačinskas
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday appointed Rolandas Kačinskas, a top-ranking diplomat of the Foreign Ministry, as the country's new ambassador to Greece.

EC envoy: Populists, Russia, ISIS group aims to destroy Europe

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 22:01
The European Union (EU) is currently faced with pressure from populists, Russia and the ISIS group that aim to create the atmosphere of fear and chaos, says the European Commission's (EC) representative in Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius.

Ukraine's speaker calls for stronger cooperation in Baltic-Black Sea format

Monday, November 28, 2016 15:46
Kiev
Organizatorių nuotr.
Ukraine's Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy has suggested stepping up cooperation in the format of countries of the Baltic and the Black Seas, also calling for Lithuanian support for visa-free travels to the European Union.

Foreign Minister calls for better dialogue between EU, Turkey

Monday, November 28, 2016 10:21
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The European Union has to seek, through its actions, a better dialogue with Turkey, rather than increasing tension, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday following a fresh exchange of strong statements by the bloc and Ankara.

Lithuania's diplomats seek to renew contacts in US, make new ones (1)

Friday, November 25, 2016 20:09
Following Donald Trump's election as president, Lithuania's diplomats are working to refresh contacts in the United States and make new ones, outgoing Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who will most likely keep his job in the new Cabinet, said on Friday after meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

President Grybauskaitė: US should stay leader in security architecture (2)

Monday, November 21, 2016 11:26
The United States have always been the guarantee of democracy, peace and freedom, therefore, it is important that it stays the leader of the global security efforts, says Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Seimas calls on EU to continue sanctions against Russia

Thursday, November 17, 2016 14:37
Laurynas Kasčiūnas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday passed a resolution calling on the European Union to continue its sanctions on Russia over the country's aggression in Ukraine.

PM candidate to seek 'to reload' relations with Poland

Thursday, November 17, 2016 13:14
Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Saulius Skvernelis, the candidate to become Lithuania's next prime minister, sees Poland as a strategic partner and vows to make every effort "to reload" relations with the neighboring nation, which are currently not in their best shape.

Lithuania called to explain over sale of valuable weapons donated by US

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:28
The United States Embassy has called for an explanation of how the semi-automatic weapons M14 used by US snipers and donated to Lithuania's Armed Forces ended up in the hands of private individuals, delfi.lt news portal said.

Deputy formin hopes US to keep foreign policy unchanged after Trump's victory

Monday, November 14, 2016 10:04
Donald Trump
Reuters-Scanpix
Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Raimundas Karoblis says that the US foreign policy should not undergo major changes after election of Republican candidate Donald Trump as its new president.

Lithuania has contacts with Trump's entourage - Foreign Minister

Thursday, November 10, 2016 15:01
Lithuania has contacts with people in US President-elect Donald Trump's entourage, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday.

Trump's victory shouldn't change US ties with Lithuania - LPGU leaders

Thursday, November 10, 2016 14:13
The victory of Donald Trump of the Republicans in the United States presidential election should not change the country's relations with Lithuania, leaders of the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union that won the recent parliamentary elections told BNS on the morning of November 9.

Grybauskaitė congratulates new USA President

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 13:06
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė congratulated the new USA President Donald Trump.

Pavilionis – all is going to be fine with D. Trump

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 12:31
Žygimantas Pavilionis
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Former Lithuanian ambassador the United States, Conservative member of Seimas Žygimantas Pavilionis states he was expecting the republican candidate Donald Trump to win, even if the victory is yet to be official. Pavilionis notes that there is no real drama in this, a democratic process concluded, the only issue being that Lithuania failed to establish connections with D. Trump’s entourage.

Which US president would be more beneficial for Lithuania?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 15:51
USA Presidential elections
Organizatorių nuotr.
With the US presidential elections underway, Lithuanian analysts say that in terms of relations with the Baltic States, Hillary Clinton’s policies would be more predictable than Donald Trump’s. The Lithuanian President has earlier stated that regardless of who becomes the President of the United States, Lithuania trusts the US.

Linkevičius: there are signs of Russia meddling in US presidential raceFREE

Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:24
There are indications in the US election campaign that other states are meddling in the presidential race, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday, referring to Russia.

Thailand may lift visas for Lithuanians by way of exception

Friday, October 14, 2016 13:47
In Thailand
M. Strazdo nuotr.
Thailand may lift the visa requirement for Lithuanians even though the number of Lithuanian tourists traveling to the Southeast Asian country is too low.

Lithuania hands note to Russia over incidents in Baltic Sea

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 16:19
A ship in Baltic Sea
DELFI (M. Ažušilio nuotr.)
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday handed a diplomatic note to Russia's ambassador in Vilnius, Alexander Udaltsov, over incidents in Lithuania's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea.

President accepts credentials from US new ambassador

Friday, October 7, 2016 17:31
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Friday received letters of credence from the United States new Ambassador Anne Hall.

Briefing on the situation in KarshmirFREE

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:02
In the wake of the heating up situation at the disputed State of Jammu and Kashmir India’s Honorary Consul Rajinder Chaudhary visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania on September 29, to brief on the latest developments.

Lithuania pays last respects to former Israeli President Peres

Friday, September 30, 2016 13:50
Lithuania on Friday is paying last respects to late Israeli President Shimon Peres.

US new ambassador arrives in Lithuania

Thursday, September 29, 2016 15:14
The United States' new Ambassador to Lithuania Anne Hall has arrived in Vilnius, the US Embassy said on Thursday.

Lithuanian-Polish ties miserably worse - Adamkus

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 15:07
Valdas Adamkus
DELFI (R. Achmedovo nuotr.)
The relations between Lithuania and Poland are enduring a miserable chill, says Lithuania's former president Valdas Adamkus, expressing hope that the ties between the two neighboring states would no longer be burdened by disputes about the spelling of personal and location names.

Grybauskaitė conveys condolences over Peres' passing

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:03
Shimon Peres and Dalia Grybauskaitė
AP/Scanpix
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday conveyed her heartfelt condolences to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and to all the people of the country on the passing of former president, Nobel Prize winner, Shimon Peres.

Peres was person of outstanding intelligence, true Litvak

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:57
Shimon Peres
AP/Scanpix
Israel's former president Shimon Peres was a person of outstanding intelligence who always emphasized his links to Lithuania, says Faina Kukliansky, the leader of the Jewish Community in Lithuania.

Opposition criticizes Foreign Minister over ties with Cuba

Monday, September 26, 2016 13:33
San Cristóbal de la Habana from Unseen Cuba album
M.Jovaišos nuotr.
The aspiration of Lithuanian diplomats to develop closer ties with the Communist Cuba has drawn criticism from the opposition – former foreign minister Audronius Ažubalis has accused the Foreign Ministry of dual standards and lack of honesty in statements about democratic values.

25th Anniversary Celebration of Lithuania's Diplomatic RelationsFREE

Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:42
Foreign Ministers, Ušackas, Saudargas, Linkevicius, Valionis, Ažubalis and Vaitiekūnas after a panel discussion
Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
On 26 Augustus 1991 the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algirdas Saudargas signed a document establishing diplomatic relations between a free Lithuania and Iceland. Soon thereafter, a number of countries followed and on 17 September, the UN General Assembly admitted Lithuania as a member.

Latvian experts to present documents proving Lithuania was Soviet Union's donor (1)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:55
Soviet meet industry
Vida Press
Latvian experts are expected to next week present an analysis of archival financial documents, proving that Lithuania was a donor of the Soviet Union rather than its dependent.