Posts tagged as Linas Linkevičius

Lithuania calls on NATO to keep doors open for Georgia, Ukraine

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Lithuania’s outgoing Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has asked NATO allies to cooperate more closely with Georgia and Ukraine and maintain a focus on “open door policy”. During a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday, Linkevičius spoke on behalf of Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Slovakia, saying there was a need for “closer cooperation with the partners in the Black Sea region – Ukraine and Georgia”. Lithuania’s top diplomat…

Lithuanian FM receives no job offers after failing to secure seat in elections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

After Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius failed to win a seat in the parliamentary elections, he says he is focused on current work and has received “no offers” or “suggestions”. “It is difficult to plan something in politics, because everything can turn upside down. We are now doing our job, and we will see after,” he told Žinių Radijas radio on Tuesday, according to Elta news agency. He said his…

Lithuanian FM fails to secure seat in parliamentary elections

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who ran with the Social Democratic Labour Party (LSDDP), failed to secure a seat in the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Because the LSDP has failed to get into the parliament, and Linkevičius has dropped out in the single-member constituency race, his future options remain uncertain. “I’ll try to be of use for Lithuania somehow, no matter what that position would be,” he said. Linkevičius said…

Lithuanian FM in isolation after Macron’s delegation members test positive for Covid-19

Monday, October 5, 2020

After two members of French President Emmanuel Macron’s delegation tested positive for the coronavirus, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius will spend a week in self-isolation. “[Linkevičius] was a member of the official delegation during macron’s visit and had close contact with an infected person from the French delegation,” Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for Linkevicius, told BNS on Monday. Macron visited Lithuania on September 28–29. The French Embassy told BNS two staff…

Lithuania asks US support on Astravyets NPP issue

Friday, September 18, 2020

The US Department of Energy is well-informed about Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) project, and Lithuania is asking for American support in ensuring the facility is run safely, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said. Linkevičius met with US Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes during his visit to Washington on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said. “The Department of Energy is well-informed about the situation in Astravyets,” the minister said…

Lithuania may impose sanctions on Belarus, will seek EU consensus

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lithuania will seek to introduce EU sanctions for Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against protesters, the country’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday. The issue will be raised at the extraordinary EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Friday, he said. “First of all, we are seeking development of a common European position,” he told reporters. “We usually find creative ways to condemn, strongly condemn and so on…

Lithuania ‘very concerned’ over use of violence against Belarus opposition

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has expressed concerns over the Belarusian government’s potential use of violence against the opposition during this week’s presidential election and after it. On Monday, Linkevičius had a phone conversation with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conversation took place at Lithuania’s initiative. “We are very concerned about the government’s potential violence and excessive use of force against…

Lithuania sends medics to Armenia to help fight coronavirus

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A team of Lithuanian medical volunteers will travel to Armenia in June to help combat the pandemic. Eight medical workers, a logistics specialist and an operations manager will spend two weeks in Armenia, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS on Wednesday. Armenia “is in a very difficult situation”, said Linkevičius. “People are queuing to be admitted to hospitals and intensive care wards [due to] a lack of beds and medical…

‘A significant shift’: US oil for Belarus reaches Lithuania

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The first shipment of US oil for Belarus reached Lithuania on Friday, marking a “significant shift” for Minsk as it seeks to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. Amid standoff with Moscow over tariffs, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko previously called for a third of the country’s oil exports to come via Baltic ports. Belarus has already imported oil shipments from Saudi Arabia and…