Posts tagged as diplomats

Ukrainian, Lithuanian diplomats discuss preparations for Ukraine Reform Conference

Friday, June 25, 2021

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar and Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Valdemaras Sarapinas have discussed preparations for Ukraine Reform Conference and the program of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Lithuania. Bodnar wrote about this on his Twitter account. “Meeting with Lithuanian Ambassador Valdemaras Sarapinas. The main focus is preparations for Ukraine Reform Conference (July 7-8, Vilnius) and the program of President Zelensky’s visit,” the deputy minister wrote.…

Belarus, Latvia expel each others’ diplomats as row over journalist’s arrest deepens

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Belarus expelled all Latvian diplomats from the country on Monday, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Riga, as an international crisis deepened over the forced landing of a commercial flight in Minsk to arrest a dissident journalist. Belarus on Sunday scrambled a warplane to escort a Ryanair passenger jet carrying Roman Protasevich, a journalist critical of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, in an act denounced by Western powers as “state piracy”. Belarus’s…

Brussels slams Minsk for asking Lithuanian diplomats out of Belarus

Monday, October 5, 2020

In a statement on Sunday, Brussels said the demand by Minsk for Poland and Lithuania to withdraw their ambassadors and reduce embassy staff was “unfounded and regrettable”. “The demand goes against the logic of dialogue and will only further isolate the authorities in Minsk,”  according to the European Union’s External Action Service. On Friday, Minsk recalled its ambassadors from Warsaw and Vilnius, and  ordered the Lithuanian and Polish embassies to reduce their…

Protect Poland’s LGBT community, urge diplomats from 50 countries including Lithuania

Monday, September 28, 2020

Ambassadors from 50 countries including Lithuania wrote the appeal in an open letter amid a worsening situation for the LGBTQ community in the country. A Polish lawmaker hit back, claiming all were protected under Polish law. Ambassadors to Poland from some 50 countries and international organisations worldwide called on Poland to support its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQ ) community, in an open letter published late on Sunday.…

Diplomats turn essayists to mark centenary

Monday, May 4, 2020

Members of Latvia’s diplomatic corps have attempted to prove the pen is mightier than the sword by publishing a collection of essays to mark the upcoming hundred year anniversary of Latvia’s de jure international recognition . “A timely collection of essays has been published – ‘One hundred years of Latvian Diplomacy: the First Century of the Latvian Foreign Service.’ This anthology of essays is released now on the occasion of the Latvian Foreign…

Latvia: Diplomats turn essayists to mark centenary

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Members of Latvia’s diplomatic corps have attempted to prove the pen is mightier than the sword by publishing a collection of essays to mark the upcoming hundred year anniversary of Latvia’s de jure international recognition. “A timely collection of essays has been published – ‘One hundred years of Latvian Diplomacy: the First Century of the Latvian Foreign Service.’ This anthology of essays is released now on the occasion of the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s centennial and…

Luik: We stand with the US, Americans are defending their diplomats

Friday, January 3, 2020

Commenting on the situation with Iran on Friday, after a U.S. military airstrike killed a top Iranian military leader, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa) said that Estonia stands as an ally with the United States, and stressed that the U.S. is defending its diplomats and facilities. “Of course we don’t have all the information yet, but the fact is, we stand with our ally, the U.S., in a situation…

Lithuanian FM: ‘We shouldn’t put all blame on diplomats’

Monday, December 30, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is among the most popular politicians in the country, but says he will take part in next year’s general election as a voter only. In an exclusive interview with LRT.lt, Linkevičius talks Belarus, working with President Nausėda, and Lithuania’s place in the world. Was 2019 a good year for Lithuanian diplomacy? What were the main successes and failures? Lithuania’s situation in Europe and the world…

Russia expels German diplomats, retaliating to German step over Berlin murder

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Russia has asked two diplomats of the German Embassy to leave the country. This is a tit-for-tat measure after Germany declared two Russian diplomats personae non grata as Berlin investigates an international murder in the German capital, TASS reported. Russian state news agency TASS reports that a note to this effect has been handed to German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr by the the Russian Foreign Ministry. «A strong protest…

Three US diplomats held near Russian test site where mystery blast killed five

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Three American diplomats were briefly detained in Russia near the military test site where a mysterious explosion released radiation in August, several Russia state news agencies have reported. The US embassy has confirmed the incident, the Interfax news service reported, but said the three diplomats had filed the proper paperwork to travel in the area. The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomats had named a different city as their destination…