On September 28, Lithuania, together with the co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, France and Greece, released the Joint Statement on the situation of journalists in Belarus. The Joint Statement was supported by more than fifty United Nations Member States, and the European Union.
On 25 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a virtual ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism on the occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The event offered a platform for a discussion on the role of multilateralism for the recovery from COVID-19.
On 25 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with the Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
On 25 September, Lithuania's representatives and the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State Georg P. Kent discussed the situation in Belarus and the region, possibilities for providing support to the Belarusian civil society, other relevant issues of the Lithuanian-US relationship, and international security policy.
On 22 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Brussels in the run-up to the special European Council meeting to be held on 1 and 2 October. At their meeting, the EU leaders will discuss the single market, industrial policy, digital transformation, and the European Union’s external relations.
On 21 September, a high-level event ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’ in New York at the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event took place primarily in a virtual format, with pre-recorded statements by heads of state and government.
On 20-21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in an informal meeting of EU trade ministers “Open markets and free trade are the driving forces”. Ministers discussed ways how trade policy could contribute to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 21 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting focused on the EU’s response to the latest political developments in Belarus, issues related to Libya, the situation in Lebanon, the EU relations with China, Turkey, and the African Union, as well as the future partnership with the Southern Neighborhood.
On 18 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated remotely at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and spoke in an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.
On 17 September, Lithuania, together with 16 other participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), invoked the Moscow Mechanism in relation to serious human rights violations in Belarus.
On 14 September, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland sent a joint statement on the Belarusian nuclear power plant to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and contracting parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS).
Statement by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
On 7 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, and discussed the situation in Belarus after the presidential election.