On 16 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Russian Embassy in order to express its protest over a violation of the airspace.
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius attended the informal video conference of development ministers, which EU Development Ministers informally exchanged views on middle-income countries (MICs)- development in transition, and human development.
On 15 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Dendias.
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas met with the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels and Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.
On 11 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas handed over, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star award to the Austrian Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania stands in solidarity with Poland, which expressed its protest over the current decision of the Belarusian regime to designate 17 September as the national holiday in Belarus, and strongly opposes the distortion of historical facts.
By Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
When a plane from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Minsk with threats of explosion and the scrambling of a military fighter jet, this was met with an uproar of shock and anger from the European capitals.
It seemed, at the time, like the vindication of Jean Monnet's famous words, "Europe will be forged in crises".
Speedily and unanimously, Europe decided on crisis response and on the sanctions vis-à-vis president Alexander Lukashenko's regime that keeps Belarusian people captive. Europe was magnificent.
There is a danger of complacency creeping in, however, as we congratulate ourselves for our fine performance. Let's take a step back and take stock of the larger perspective – what is happening here, precisely?
On June 8, Lithuania, together with the co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, France and Greece, and members of the Group released a Joint Statement on the detention by the Belarusian authorities of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega.
On 7 June, the Lithuanian diplomat Justina Krutulytė was elected as Vice-Chair of the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the United Nations General Assembly. She will represent the Eastern Europe Regional Group, which has 23 members, at the 76th session of the General Assembly that is to begin in September 2021.
On 7 June, the Political Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimonda Murmokaitė held consultations with her Dutch counterpart Thijs van der Plas to discuss the effectiveness of the EU's Common Foreign and Security and Policy, the EU-NATO and transatlantic cooperation, the NATO 2030 process, the EU's policy towards Russia and Belarus, and the need to strengthen the Eastern Partnership framework.
On 3 June, Lithuania’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Rytis Paulauskas presented his letters of credence to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis is visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, where he, together with his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia, and Denmark, attended a conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and the Baltic states, and the 30th anniversary of their re-establishment. The event was opened by the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses a strong protest over an unprecedented incident. Today, a diplomatic vehicle has been illegally stopped at the state border with Belarus and turned back to Lithuania.
This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, determined to further consolidate the strong relationship and close friendship that our countries have enjoyed to date. While we are connected by geography, we are also bound together by common values, mutual interests as well as extensive economic and cultural relations and people-to-people contacts.