RSS The opening of Lithuanian visa center in Astana
Consular news »
The Embassy would like to inform that for convenience of applicants of the Embassy of Lithuania in Kazakhstan, a visa center of Lithuania will be opened in Astana on 16 January 2015.
The visa center is established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and an international company "VFS Global", which has won an international tender and has big expierence in this field. The main purpose of visa center is to facilitate submission and return of documents for a Schengen visa, to provide high quality customer services.
RSS Foreign Minister on the anniversary of Lithuania's accession to NATO
NATO and International Security »
Today Lithuanian nation marks the anniversary of accession to NATO – the strongest security alliance. Eleven years ago, on 29 March 2004, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, together with the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia presented the ratification instruments of the Washington Treaty to the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. On this historic day, Lithuania became a full-fledged member of NATO and entered a common European security structure, more profoundly than ever before in it‘s history of thousand years.
Linkevičius discusses development of ties with Australian politicians and business representatives
Bilateral Relations » Economic Relations »
On 25 March in Canberra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia Bronwyn Kathleen Bishop discussed Lithuania’s goal and preparation to join the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) among other bilateral political and economic topics. “Lithuania aims at becoming a member of the OECD and we are grateful for Australia’s support,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.
Lithuanian Foreign Ministry expresses condolences over plane crash in southern France
Speeches, Statements »
We are all shocked at the news of the Germanwings plane crash in the area of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in Southern France. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims. We hope this disaster will be thoroughly investigated.
Lithuanian and Australian Foreign Ministers discuss bilateral relations and key international policy issues
Bilateral Relations »
At the meeting in Canberra on 23 March with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius informed her about Lithuania’s preparations and implementation of the Action Plan for joining the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “Membership in OECD is the most important goal for Lithuania now. I am glad to receive good evaluation from the Australian colleagues of Lithuania’s efforts to start accession procedures to OECD,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.
At the United Nations – first-hand testimonies on violations of human rights in Crimea and eastern Ukraine
UN Security Council »
On 19 March, the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations held an informal meeting of members of the Security Council on the situation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. According to Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė, we see a rapidly deteriorating situation and grave violations of human rights a year after the illegal annexation of Crimea.
MFA Statement on decision to decline permission to hold exhibition, dedicated to the anniversary of occupation of Crimea
News of the Ministry »
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses its disappointment that the representations of Lithuania and Ukraine to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were not allowed to organise a photo exhibition, dedicated to the anniversary of the illegal occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol at the Conference Centre of the OSCE in Vienna on 19 March.
On the announced signature of a "Treaty on Alliance and Integration" between the Russian Federation and South Ossetia region of Georgia
Speeches, Statements »
In the view of announced signature of so-called “treaty” High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini stated that it “clearly violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, principles of international law and the international commitments taken by the Russian Federation, including the 12 August 2008 Agreement and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008 and has no legal standing”. High Representative stressed that “the signature of this document on the very day of the 31st round of Geneva International Discussions creates circumstances that do not foster a constructive climate for efforts to improve the security and humanitarian situation on the ground”.
Linkevičius calls for extension of the EU sanctions on Russia
European Union »
At the General Affairs Council meeting on 17 March in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, emphasised the importance of a unified and strong EU policy stance towards Russia. “Russia has openly admitted it has annexed Crimea. Russia fails to comply substantially with the Minsk agreements. For these reasons, the EU should keep up the pressure on Russia. We have to extend the existing sanctions and consider new sanctions if the situation keeps deteriorating,” stressed the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.
Linkevičius: EU must maintain an ambitious Eastern Partnership agenda
European Union »
At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 16 March in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, speaking about the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit on 21-22 May 2015, noted that it was important to determine a strategic direction for Eastern Partnership and take a further step forward from the Warsaw and Vilnius Summits. “We need to send a clear and strategic political signal to our Eastern neighbours that the EU remains ambitious and committed to fulfilling its obligations. The Eastern Partnership countries have to choose their own path towards development and it has to be defended. We cannot allow Russia to influence our policies,” said the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.
Linkevičius thanks Iceland’s Minister for recognising Lithuania’s independence in 1991
Bilateral Relations »
At the bilateral meeting on 10 March in Vilnius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius expressed his gratitude to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson for his country’s courageous action – recognition of Lithuania’s independence on 11 February 1991. In June, this event will be commemorated in Vilnius by civic campaign “Thank You, Iceland”.