- 2018-10-15 On 15 October, the Minister Linas Linkevičius and the Political Director Asta Skaisgirytė are participating in the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg
- 2018-10-15 On 15 October, the Vice-Minister Albinas Zananavičius is taking part in the General Affairs Council and the General Affairs (Art.50) Council in Luxembourg
- 2018-10-15 On 15 October at 3.00 p.m., the Minister Linas Linkevičius is taking part in the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Luxembourg
- 2018-10-15 On 15 October, the Vice-Minister Darius Skusevičius is taking part in political consultations and bilateral meetings in Astana and Karaganda, Kazakhstan
- 2018-10-16 On 16 October at 10.00 a.m., the Minister Linas Linkevičius is meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič in Brussels
Focus on Ukraine at the UNESCO meeting in Paris
On 1 October, the UNESCO executive team, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, and experts together with diplomats of UNESCO Member States gathered in UNESCO headquarters to discuss the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine) and the city of Sevastopol, illegally occupied by the Russian Federation.
“We continue to be concerned with the worsening situation in the fields of UNESCO’s competence, particularly with serious restrictions of free media, safety of journalists and media people, and the impact of the on-going armed conflict on cultural and educational institutions in the Crimea,” said Irena Vaišvilaitė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to UNESCO, after having read the statement signed on behalf of thirty countries.
Having urged to free all the Ukrainian citizens who were wilfully and illegally detained on the Crimean Peninsula, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to UNESCO underlined that the authors of the statement were joining the international call for the immediate release of the Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, Oleh Sentsov.
The statement also reiterates support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, while Russia is urged to comply with its international commitments.
The Executive Board of UNESCO decided in 2014 that the situation in the occupied Crimea should be monitored. Since then the UNESCO community biannually assesses developments in this part of Ukraine in the fields covered by UNESCO.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 50 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations (UN) migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration. This act is another contribution to the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The Plan aims at allocations which are expected to reach USD 187 million in 2018.
At the meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Luxembourg on 25 June, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, informed his colleagues about his recent visit to Ukraine where he had met with top officials of Ukraine, with representatives of the opposition and members of the Tatar community.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, during his working visit to Kiev on 20 June, had a meeting with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The Minister expressed unwavering support to Ukrainian independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemned Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.