On the eve of the Foreign Affairs Council to be held on 22 February, EU ministers of foreign affairs, ambassadors, and representatives of the EU institutions met with Leonid Volkov, chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, and Ivan Zhdanov, Director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis.
On 15 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a remote conversation with Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom. The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation, the relationship between the European Union and the UK, the situation in Belarus, the sanctions policy, as well as relations with Russia and China.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania strongly condemns mass detentions and the use of violence against peaceful protesters in the Russian Federation marching in protest against the lawlessness of the government and in support of the arrested leader of the opposition Alexei Navalny for the second weekend already.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns the use of brutal force and arrests of peaceful protestors that violate human rights and breach the principle of the rule of law.
On 12 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis received a letter from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who requested replacing the official Lithuanian name 'Baltarusija' with a form that would be more similar to the one used in the Belarusian language.
On 8 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, whom Lithuania recognises as the legitimate representative of the Belarusian people, and discussed topical issues of further cooperation and the strategy for democratic forces.
On 18 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with his Spanish counterpart Arancha González Laya. The meeting focused on bilateral relations, regional security, the situation in Belarus, and key items on the European Union's agenda.
On 18 December, Lithuania took the floor in the Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
On 11 December, after taking the oath of office at the Seimas (Parliament), the incoming new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, says that Lithuania’s foreign policy must continue to be based on the principle of national consensus, while maintaining our strategic geopolitical attitudes. However, we also need new instruments, increased activity and a strengthened diplomatic service in order to be able to respond to the new challenges faced by the world today and to better defend Lithuania’s national interest.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania informs that it has not issued a press release of 9 December about the allegedly detained Polish diplomat at the Lithuanian-Polish border. According to the fake press release, the diplomat who serves at the Polish Embassy in Lithuania was carrying drugs, cash and weapons, and Lithuania's Foreign Ministry has supposedly handed a note of protest to the Polish Embassy in Lithuania over this issue.
On 27 November, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Jovita Neliupšienė took part in an online meeting of Secretaries of State (Chancellors) of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, which focused on the EU's top challenges in 2021. According to the Chancellor, the EU must maintain its focus on conflict resolution in the EU neighbourhood when recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 16 November, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the first ministerial-level meeting of the Media Freedom Coalition. The online event was co-hosted by Canada and the United Kingdom.
On 12 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a virtual STRATCOM Summit conference, which was organised by the Prague-based European Values Center for Security Policy. The Foreign Minister spoke in the main discussion on the European Union’s response to disinformation efforts of hostile foreign governments.
On 5 November, Lithuania officially submitted its application to host the European Commission to host the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) in Vilnius. Lithuania is ready to provide a strategic and symbolic location for the ECCC – the premises of Vilnius TV Tower with an exceptional information technology (IT) communication infrastructure. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, Lithuania’s growing and active cyber and IT ecosystem would significantly contribute to a comprehensive and autonomous European Cybersecurity Competence Network.
On 31 October 2020, the citizens of Georgia were participating in electing a new parliament, which will be responsible for key decisions in the country over the next four years. We welcome Georgia in reforming the electoral system and conducting the election smoothly in difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voter turnout (56%) shows that despite the pandemic, the people of Georgia care about the country’s future.