Minister Linkevičius retorts to Russia's representative, who lectures about the importance of respecting the norms of international law
On 17 May, at the invitation of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Upholding International Law within the Context of the Maintenance of International Peace and Security.
In his address, Linkevičius emphasized that non-compliance with international provisions posed a serious challenge to international peace and security, and caused long-term frozen conflicts. The Foreign Minister noted that only a strong and effective Security Council could respond adequately to the current security challenges and ensure democratic processes. Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister was referring to the fact that the Russian Federation should not teach the international community about the norms of international law, when he recalled not only the long-lasting conflicts in Moldova and Georgia, but also the occupation and annexation of Crimea by Russia, which clearly violated international law.
Linkevičius noted that combating impunity and seeking justice for victims of mass crimes were the key to international peace and security. " Justice cannot be vetoed. It cannot be manipulated. Only through placing restrictions on the use of the veto in cases of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity can the Security Council respond more effectively to constantly emerging international crises."
Compliance with international law and liability for international crimes are among the priorities of Lithuania in the United Nations. Lithuania has paid special attention to this issue also when it was a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the 2014–2015 term.