On 22 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Nordic Council’s parliamentarians from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The meeting discussed the security situation in Ukraine and in the region, evaluated the joint effort and measures to fight against propaganda, hybrid and cyber threats. The interlocutors also shared their insights into the future implementation of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy.
On 21 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with members of the OECD delegation led by the Director for Legal Affairs and the coordinator for Lithuania’s accession Nicola Bonucci. The meeting focused on important issues related to the country’s accession and further activities.
At the informal ministerial meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe that opened in the Austrian town of Mauerbach on 11 July 2017 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neris Germanas, drew attention to the deadlock in the negotiations on the Russian aggression against Ukraine and called on the OSCE to continue prioritising them in the OSCE agenda.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, participated in an international ministerial conference on 6 July in London to discuss the agenda and implementation of Ukrainian reform. Minister Linkevičius noted that Ukraine needed a strong European prospect, as well as support for the implementation of its reforms and a comprehensive economic investment programme.
“Kremlin’s information warfare targeted at the West has reached a hot phase. Therefore if we want to win the war, we must consolidate even more of our efforts and be more resolute and united,” the head of the Lithuanian foreign office noted at the high-level conference in Riga “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017”.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, opened the international conference “Safety of Journalists – New Challenges and Responses” in Vilnius on 3 July 2017 where the current situation of the safety of journalists in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region, the most urgent challenges in journalists’ activities and possible international responses were discussed.
On 27 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the CERN Director-General, Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, who arrived in Lithuania with a delegation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), signed an agreement between Lithuania and CERN, granting the status of an associate member state of CERN to the country. Lithuania will become the fifth associate member state of CERN and, thus, will join the organization that has 22 member states and hosts about 12,000 scientists.
It is important for the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to keep in mind its primary objective of promoting intergovernmental political dialogue in the region, said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas at the informal ministerial meeting of the CBSS in Reykjavík. The ministerial meeting was held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the CBSS.
At his meeting on 20 June with Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, noted a meaningful contribution of the international community in keeping peace, security and stability in the country after the war ended in 1995 and the importance of support for functioning of an institutional framework in the country.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darius Skusevičius, attended the ministerial meeting of EU Member States and Eastern Partners on 19 June where discussions centred on the preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Brussels in November. Ministers of foreign affairs from EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries discussed the achievements of the Eastern Partnership and agreed on short-term goals in developing relations between the EU and its partners in the east.
The issue of Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) attracted great attention of the international community during the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention held on 13-16 June in Minsk. Despite intense and difficult discussions the meeting in Minsk concluded without additional decisions with regard to Ostrovets NPP and other cases under the Convention framework. This means that the decision adopted during the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention of 2014 declaring that Belarus violated four articles of the Convention while implementing the Ostrovets NPP project remains valid.
At the 185th session on 16 June, the Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) invited Lithuania to become an associate member. An agreement between Lithuania and CERN on the status of the country will be signed on 27 June in Vilnius, at the Office of the President, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director-General, who will arrive in Lithuania with a delegation.
On 15 June in Kyiv, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, who are paying a working visit to Ukraine, met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian President thanked Lithuania and Sweden for their consistent political and practical support to Ukraine.
On 14 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius started a working visit to Ukraine.
The 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context will be held, in conjunction with the 3rd session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, in Minsk from 13 to 16 June 2017. The case of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) will also be discussed amongst other issues.