On 20 January, security policy experts’ annual Snow Meeting 2023 took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was attended by many participants from Lithuania and abroad.
The annual Snow Meeting of security policy experts kicks off on the evening of 19 January. The main programme will take place tomorrow at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 16-19 January, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis will attend the Davos World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. At a session on 17 January, the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy will take part in a session entitled ‘Thinking the Unthinkable: The Risk of Nuclear Confrontation’ and deliver opening remarks at a dinner of the Friends of Ukraine on 18 January.
On 16 December, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Dr. Mantas Adomėnas met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Dr. Ana Brian Nougrères. During the meeting, the Special Rapporteur presented the objectives of her visit, informed which institutions and non-governmental organizations she met with, and expressed her initial observations about Lithuania’s personal data protection system.
On 8 December, during his visit to Vienna, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis conferred Lithuania's Diplomacy Star on the Executive Director and lead Russia investigator for Bellingcat Christo Grozev and the Permanent Representative of Poland to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Adam Norbert Hałaciński.
On 8 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi.
On 7 December, the European Commission announced that it had requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization panel for trade dispute with China concerning the legality of the trade restrictions that China had introduced against Lithuanian and EU exports. The EU underlined that China’s restrictions were in breach of the WTO rules.
On 5 December, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Survila met with the U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Ellen Germain. The meeting focused on Holocaust education, the fight against anti-Semitism, and the perpetuation of the memory of the Holocaust.
On 1 December, a representative of the Russian Embassy to Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was handed a note declaring an employee of Russia's Embassy persona non grata (PNG) in Lithuania for activities incompatible with his diplomatic status. He is ordered to leave the country within five days.
On 1-2 December, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis is attending the 29th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Łódź, Poland. The OSCE Foreign Ministers will meet for the first time since Russia's aggression against Ukraine began.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 30,000 in humanitarian assistance to Pakistanis. The funds will be transferred to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
On 22-24 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Jovita Neliupšienė is visiting Ukraine. The Foreign Vice-Minister arrived in Kyiv, together with a delegation of women from European countries - Austria, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Romania and Germany - to express solidarity with Ukraine and its people, who have been bravely fighting against Russia's aggression since 2014.
On 22 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Egidijus Meilūnas met with the Minister of Defence of Moldova Anatolie Nosatîi, who is visiting Lithuania.
On 22 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will meet with the new Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström, who will be visiting Vilnius. The Foreign Ministers of the two countries will discuss regional security issues, support for Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and Sweden's future Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At a meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 16 November, Lithuania became the 31st member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which is an important international forum of many of the largest providers of aid.