Today, on 29 November, at the annual Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, elections were held for the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the period 2024-2026. For the first time in history, Russia was excluded from the Executive Council, with the majority voting for Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.
Today, in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with General Christopher G. Cavoli, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
At the 29th Baltic Council on 24 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis noted that Ukraine's victory was an existential issue for the Baltic states and the West. Thus, support for Ukraine's fight must be our top priority in the near term.
On 21 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, remotely attended the U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s meeting with G7+ partners on Ukraine energy sector support. Participants of the meeting reaffirmed their collective support for the repair and defense of Ukraine’s energy sector and discussed measures to ensure greater resilience.
On 9 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, who, at the invitation of the Foreign Minister, came to Vilnius to attend the high-level Future of Democracy Forum.
On 6 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis welcomed the participants of the World Liberty Congress, which is taking place in Vilnius on 6-8 November. When addressing more than 300 human rights and democracy defenders from all over the world, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister was glad that Vilnius had rightfully become a haven for democracy defenders, where they could freely gather and hold their discussions. Landsbergis also stressed the importance of their role.
On 30 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned Yaroslav Khmyl, chargé d'affaires ad interim of Belarus, and handed him a diplomatic note, expressing a strong protest over the threatening remarks made by Pavel Muraveik, First Deputy State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council, which were published in the "Vecherniy Minsk" newspaper on 24 October this year.
During the working visit, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis, officially opened the Lithuanian Embassy to Singapore. In his welcome speech, Landsbergis noted that by opening the Lithuanian representation, we also opened another gateway to Southeast Asia, which will help promote economic development and innovation between the two countries.
On 24 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the chargé d'affaires of the Russian Embassy in Lithuania Aleksander Elkin and handed a note of protest over the destruction of a memorial plaque to the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Archbishop Mečislovas Reinys in a cemetery of the Russian city of Vladimir.
On 23rd of October the second Border States’ meeting took place in Vilnius. The meeting was attended by the officials from Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian and Polish (hereinafter – Border Sates) Ministries’ of Foreign Affairs and Customs authorities, as well as the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
On 19 October, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the new Ambassador of the Czech Republic Aleš Opata, to discuss foreign and security policy issues, support for Ukraine, bilateral cooperation and its prospects.
In response to requests for international disaster assistance and in solidarity with the affected countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated humanitarian aid to Morocco, Libya and Slovenia on 18 October.
On Wednesday, the Government of Lithuania approved a resolution drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allocate 350 thousand euros in humanitarian aid to Armenia.
Tomorrow, on 28 September, at 5 p.m. (Lithuanian time), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will speak at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) forum “Winning the War: Winning the Peace".
On 26 September, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis attended a reinforced meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), strongly condemned Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and criticised Russia’s actions paralysing OSCE activities.