World http://l24.lt Thu, 27 Jan 2022 07:40:48 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's most important take away after the Foreign Affairs Council — we have succeeded in bringing transatlantic unity http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369999-today-s-most-important-take-away-after-the-foreign-affairs-council-we-have-succeeded-in-bringing-transatlantic-unity http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369999-today-s-most-important-take-away-after-the-foreign-affairs-council-we-have-succeeded-in-bringing-transatlantic-unity Today's most important take away after the Foreign Affairs Council — we have succeeded in bringing transatlantic unity

On 24 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. Ministers continued the discussion on the European security situation that took place on 13-14 January in Brest, France. Ministers also discussed the situation remotely with the United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

“Today's most important take away after the Foreign Affairs Council, during which we also exchanged views via video teleconference with the U.S. Secretary State Anthony Blinken, is that we have succeeded in bringing transatlantic unity. Both the European and NATO allies see the threat the same way. One of Putin’s victories would be to split the West. He has failed — we see eye to eye," said Landsbergis.

According to Landsbergis, we must also be prepared to react quickly and strictly to Russia’s possible actions, be it a limited invasion of Ukraine or provocative operations near the Ukrainian border, cyberattacks or gas supply disruptions.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister believes that the diplomatic negotiation track is important and necessary. But it may be not enough to deter Russia from taking further action. “We must continue our political and practical support for Ukraine, which faces a huge threat as a result of its sovereign right to choose a European and transatlantic path. We are grateful to the countries that have already offered their military assistance to Ukraine. It is also important to provide both the EU assistance to boost the country’s resilience and to agree as soon as possible on a professional EU military training mission in Ukraine”.

The Foreign Affairs Council also adopted conclusions on the European security situation. The Council reaffirmed its full support to Ukraine and clarified that any further military aggression against Ukraine would have serious consequences.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Tue, 25 Jan 2022 14:34:52 +0200
The President received letters of credence from the Ambassador of India http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369929-the-president-received-letters-of-credence-from-the-ambassador-of-india http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369929-the-president-received-letters-of-credence-from-the-ambassador-of-india The President received letters of credence from the Ambassador of India

On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda received letters of credence from Ambassador Nagma Mohamed Mallick of the Republic of India.

The President congratulated the Ambassador of India, accredited to Lithuania and residing in Warsaw, on assuming new ambassadorial duties and expressed support for the country’s aim to cooperate more closely with the European Union, especially in the field of economy. Gitanas Nausėda noted that economic cooperation between Lithuania and India had great potential for growth in the sectors of high value-added products, financial services and film production. The President and the Ambassador also discussed the potential and prospects for developing bilateral political and cultural relations. Gitanas Nausėda emphasized Lithuania’s focus on the Indo-Pacific region and aims to intensify relations with the countries of this region.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:10:20 +0200
Lithuania strongly supports Georgia’s aspirations to deepen integration into the EU and NATO http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369762-lithuania-strongly-supports-georgia-s-aspirations-to-deepen-integration-into-the-eu-and-nato http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369762-lithuania-strongly-supports-georgia-s-aspirations-to-deepen-integration-into-the-eu-and-nato Lithuania strongly supports Georgia’s aspirations to deepen integration into the EU and NATO

On 19 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani, who is paying an official visit to Vilnius. The meeting focused on important items on bilateral and international agendas, the security situation in the South Caucasus region, and Georgia's integration into the European Union and NATO.

Landsbergis voiced his support for Georgia’s aspirations to deepen its integration into the EU and NATO. “Georgia’s Government has set a very ambitious goal — to be ready to apply for EU membership by 2024. This requires a lot of homework, so we encourage Georgia to continue to implement complex reforms. For this purpose, it is important to bring all political forces together and to put the interests of the state and its people first,” said Landsbergis.

“The 19 April political agreement, reached under the auspices of European Union President Michel’s mediation, remains important for the achievement of political consensus and for the future success of the reform process in the country,” said Landsbergis, who highlighted that Georgia’s success was not only Lithuania's concern, but also the EU's.

Landsbergis stressed that the most serious security threat to Europe was posed by Russia’s aggressive posture and expressed Lithuania’s strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. The Foreign Minister also reassured that Lithuania would continue to actively raise the issue of the occupation of Georgia's territory on the international stage. “We highly appreciate the partnership between Georgia and NATO, as well as the country's engagement in NATO missions and operations. We strongly support Georgia's aspirations of NATO integration,” said Landsbergis.

Appointed in 2021 as Georgia's Vice Prime Minister, Zalkaliani is paying his first bilateral visit to Lithuania. During the visit, Zalkaliani will also meet with the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and the Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilyte-Nielsen, and will honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for Lithuania's freedom at Antakalnis cemetery.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Thu, 20 Jan 2022 09:43:58 +0200
MEPs debated the French Presidency’s priorities with Emmanuel Macron http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369735-meps-debated-the-french-presidency-s-priorities-with-emmanuel-macron http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369735-meps-debated-the-french-presidency-s-priorities-with-emmanuel-macron MEPs debated the French Presidency’s priorities with Emmanuel Macron

French President Macron outlined to MEPs on Wednesday the main goals and the political strategy for France’s semester steering the EU.

In a debate in the Strasbourg hemicycle, President Macron explained that the promises on which the EU was founded -democracy, progress and peace- are now under threat, and called for a commitment “to give them new life”. He warned that the end of the rule of law is the beginning of authoritarianism and stressed that the EU needs to use dialogue to win back those that are “drifting away” from democratic principles.

He assured MEPs that the French Presidency will prioritise legislative files that improve the quality of employment, ensure decent salaries, reduce the gender wage gap, give rights to platform workers, fight discrimination and guarantee gender balance on company boards. He also proposed to include the right to abortion in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. President Macron also referred to the climate, digital and security challenges, areas in which draft laws should be advanced during this semester.

In the field of defence, President Macron stressed that Europe must be able to anticipate risks and guarantee its own safety. He underlined that we have to stand firm in the face of interference and attempts to destabilise Europe, in particular from Russia, and effectively punish those who violate international rules.

“Europe should become a cultural, democratic and educational power (...) we have the strength and the means”, he concluded.

On behalf of the Commission, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič pointed to the fact that European security is being challenged: “We are ready to take action if necessary”. He cited the strategic partnership with Africa, relations with Western Balkan countries as well as Europe’s economic and technological sovereignty (“we’re bringing technology back to Europe”) as priorities for the coming months. With regard to the United Kingdom, he said that the Commission will show good will, but that Europe needs a partner who does the same.

In their reactions to President Macron’s speech, group leaders largely welcomed the French priorities but added further deliverables, including ending unanimous votes in Council in the field of foreign affairs to be able to respond firmly to, among others, Russian President “Putin’s behaviour”, tackling the imbalance between men’s and women’s salaries, and reviewing the Fiscal Pact. Several speakers demanded progress on rule of law issues concerning Hungary and Poland, and criticised French Government support to the inclusion of nuclear power in the new green taxonomy proposals.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:42:53 +0200
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister and his Iraqi counterpart discussed successful bilateral cooperation to tackle the migration crisis http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369681-lithuania-s-foreign-minister-and-his-iraqi-counterpart-discussed-successful-bilateral-cooperation-to-tackle-the-migration-crisis http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369681-lithuania-s-foreign-minister-and-his-iraqi-counterpart-discussed-successful-bilateral-cooperation-to-tackle-the-migration-crisis Lithuania’s Foreign Minister and his Iraqi counterpart discussed successful bilateral cooperation to tackle the migration crisis

On 16 January, during his visit to Baghdad, Iraq, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Khadimi and the Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.

Landsbergis thanked his Iraqi colleagues for Iraq's active involvement in addressing the issue of the return of irregular migrants from Lithuania to Iraq, as well as for regular missions of Iraqi consuls to Lithuania to identify Iraqi citizens. The interlocutors discussed measures to address migration issues that have proved to be effective, the process of integrating Iraqi voluntary returnees in Iraq, as well as possibilities for bilateral cooperation.

“Iraq’s determination to help Lithuania and the adopted measures allow us to speak about a successful model that can be applied at the level of the entire EU to deal with similar crises. However, we see even more potential for the EU and Iraq's rapprochement, political dialogue, opening up in the areas of mutual benefit, including education, trade, and the exchange of experience," said Landsbergis.

Lithuania's Foreign Minister also pointed out that only thanks to the efforts of both countries it was possible to curb irregular migration flows. But, as spring is approaching, the problems can arise again. Thus, it is important to remain vigilant, to carry out an information campaign and to warn Iraqis not to fall into the trap set by the Belarusian regime.

As regards the further development of Lithuania’s relations with Iraq, Landsbergis expressed hope that the newly formed Government would continue its work and that both countries would implement specific bilateral projects in the fields of border protection, population registration, education and health care. Lithuania's Foreign Minister also assured that Lithuania would continue to respect its commitments, support the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS and NATO’s decisions to consolidate stability in Iraq.

On 17 January, Lithuania's Foreign Minister will meet with Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Safeen Muhsin Dizayee, Minister of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:39:18 +0200
The President congratulated the Queen of Denmark on the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369660-the-president-congratulated-the-queen-of-denmark-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-her-accession-to-the-throne http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369660-the-president-congratulated-the-queen-of-denmark-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-her-accession-to-the-throne The President congratulated the Queen of Denmark on the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne

On Friday, President Gitanas Nausėda congratulated Queen Margaret II of Denmark on the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

On behalf of the Lithuanian people, the President offered cordial congratulations to Her Majesty, wishing prosperity to the Kingdom of Denmark and its people.

“Our two countries share a long-standing friendly relationship based on common values and respect. I am confident that we will continue to strengthen our collaborative work within the Nordic-Baltic family, the European Union and NATO”, the President wrote in his message of congratulations.

Last year Lithuania and Denmark celebrated 100 years of diplomatic relations and the 30th anniversary of their reestablishment. These meaningful anniversaries were marked by the visit of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark to Lithuania.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:46:18 +0200
The President: No new red lines can be drawn in Europe http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369540-the-president-no-new-red-lines-can-be-drawn-in-europe http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369540-the-president-no-new-red-lines-can-be-drawn-in-europe The President: No new red lines can be drawn in Europe

On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda held a phone call with Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The President and NATO’s Secretary General discussed the tense security situation in the region and the NATO-Russia Council meeting held in Brussels yesterday.

During the conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, the President said that the ongoing diplomatic efforts and talks with Russia in various formats to reduce tensions caused by Russia’s military build-up on the borders with Ukraine had not to undermine the core security principles of the transatlantic area. Gitanas Nausėda emphasized that we had to continue the Alliance’s adaptation processes, as they were a guarantor of a credible deterrent to threats in the Baltic region.

The President thanked NATO’s Secretary General for his leadership in strengthening the unity of the Alliance and defending the fundamental values of the Allies, including the right of states to choose their own foreign and security policy. Open Door policy has helped to stabilize Europe and has become the basis for the development of democracy and well-being, and must therefore be maintained.

“The indivisible security of Alliance members is one of NATO’s fundamental operating principles. The Alliance cannot have different security zones with different levels of security where capabilities and exercises necessary to ensure defense would be limited,” Gitanas Nausėda said.

The President stressed that a meaningful dialogue with Russia could only take place on the basis of reciprocity and not in the language of demands and ultimatums, which was unacceptable. Lithuania, like the Alliance as a whole, has always been and will continue to be interested in peaceful and predictable relations with all neighbors which respect international law and their commitments and which want to base their dialogue on respect and trust.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:23:39 +0200
Viceminister Meilūnas participated in an extraordinary meeting of NATO’s Foreign Ministers http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369377-viceminister-meilunas-participated-in-an-extraordinary-meeting-of-nato-s-foreign-ministers http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369377-viceminister-meilunas-participated-in-an-extraordinary-meeting-of-nato-s-foreign-ministers Viceminister Meilūnas participated in an extraordinary meeting of NATO’s Foreign Ministers

On 7 January, Foreign Vice-Minister Egidijus Meilūnas attended an extraordinary remote meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers to discuss the security situation in Europe in connection with the deployment of Russian troops near Ukraine and to conduct consultations before the intended contact of NATO and its allies with Russia, including the NATO-Russia Council scheduled for 12 January.

It was stated at the meeting that Russia's aggressive actions against neighbouring countries - the mobilization of military forces near the Ukrainian border and the occupation of its territories, military actions in Donbas, the militarization of Crimea and Kaliningrad, cyber attacks, etc. - undermine security in Europe. In this context, NATO stands ready to take all necessary measures to ensure the security and defense of its members.

"There are currently no signs of Russia's efforts to de-escalate the situation. The mobilization of Russian forces and revanchist rhetoric necessitate the strengthening of deterrence and collective defense measures, so we are seeking additional security guarantees in NATO's eastern flank," said Egidijus Meilūnas.

The Vice-Minister also drew attention to the integration of Russia and Belarus. "The deepening Russian-Belarusian military integration and Russia's growing military presence in Belarus cannot be ignored. It is essential that NATO takes this important factor into account," he stressed.

Representatives of NATO countries discussed further political and practical support for Ukraine under pressure from Russia. It was agreed that any Russian aggression against Ukraine should receive a response that would be costly for Russia. A meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission is scheduled for 10 January, at which the allies will discuss the security situation with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

While discussing preparations for the NATO-Russia Council, the allies emphasized that NATO remained committed to a dual track policy towards Russia, namely strengthening deterrence and defense, and dialogue. However, this dialogue must be conducted in accordance with the principles of unity of the allies, reciprocity, respect for international law and other cornerstones of European security. A prerequisite for further dialogue is that Russia must take clear steps to reduce tensions.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:07:00 +0200
The President and the leader of Israel congratulated each other on the anniversary of diplomatic relations http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369328-the-president-and-the-leader-of-israel-congratulated-each-other-on-the-anniversary-of-diplomatic-relations http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369328-the-president-and-the-leader-of-israel-congratulated-each-other-on-the-anniversary-of-diplomatic-relations The President and the leader of Israel congratulated each other on the anniversary of diplomatic relations

On Friday, President Gitanas Nausėda held a phone call with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, migration and border protection issues. The conversation was held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries.

During the call, the President was delighted to take note of excellent bilateral relations and emphasized Lithuania’s interest in developing these relations with Israel, especially in the areas of economy and trade.

The two leaders discussed migration and border protection issues. The President thanked the Israeli leader for support to Lithuania in the face of the illegal migration crisis and for sharing expertise on border protection.

Gitanas Nausėda invited the President of Israel to visit Lithuania.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Mon, 10 Jan 2022 12:09:45 +0200
Minister Landsbergis spoke to US Secretary of State Blinken over the phone http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369129-minister-landsbergis-spoke-to-us-secretary-of-state-blinken-over-the-phone http://l24.lt/en/world/item/369129-minister-landsbergis-spoke-to-us-secretary-of-state-blinken-over-the-phone Minister Landsbergis spoke to US Secretary of State Blinken over the phone

On the evening of 3 January, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis spoke by telephone with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Foreign Ministers of the Bucharest Nine (B9) countries.

The conversation with the B9 allies - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary was initiated by the US Secretary of State, and was devoted to the topic of the security situation in NATO's eastern flank and Ukraine.

During the conversation the head of Lithuanian diplomacy noted the importance of a unified response to the threats posed by Russia. "No country has a veto over independent states and their sovereign choices. "Russia must fulfill its obligations under international law to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and to renounce ultimatums and threats or the use of force," he said.

The Foreign Minister emphasized the need to strengthen NATO's deterrence and defense measures in the Eastern flank of the Alliance, while taking into account the deepening military integration between Russia and Belarus. The Minister stressed the need to continue practical and political support for Ukraine.

Gabrielius Landsbergis also thanked the United States for their solidarity and support for Lithuania in the face of China's political and economic pressure.

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raimund.zacharevic@gmail.com (Raimund) World Wed, 05 Jan 2022 10:04:02 +0200