Russia’s response to the note has been received
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 17 April, received a response to its note of 12 April over safety and security of the staff of the Lithuanian diplomatic representation and their family members in Moscow from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The Lithuanian party is informed that, having received the note over threats to the staff of the Lithuanian diplomatic representation and their family members, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has informed Russian competent services about it in order for them to take all necessity measures.
A representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was handed the note concerning the threats and was repeatedly asked to carry out an investigation into the incident, to inform about the results and ensure the safety and security of the staff of the diplomatic representation and their family members as stipulated in Article 29 of the 1961Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
On 31 March the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow received the letter which contained threats to the Embassy staff and their family members in relation to the ruling by the Vilnius Regional Court in the criminal case regarding the events of 13 January in case they did not leave Moscow within a month. The letter was signed by “Russian Veterans”, an organisation that unites veterans of Russian special services.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the return of Ukrainian citizens who were illegally captured and detained by Russia. Among the released prisoners is Oleh Sencov, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2018, Edem Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar activist and other political prisoners, as well as 24 sailors captured during the aggressive actions of Russia in the Strait of Kerch in 2018. We share the joy of the families of those released and wish them a prompt recovery.
On 4 April, at NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Washington, Minister Linas Linkevičius called for response to the actions of Russia in the Black Sea region and in the area of arms control that are weakening European security.
Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that flagrantly violates international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will continue to support Ukraine and coherently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea five years ago.
We appreciate the efforts the United States have undertaken to engage Russia with a view to preserving the INF treaty.