Intervention by the Nordic and Baltic States
delivered by H.E. Amb. Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva
1 July 2021
On 28 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis commented on the Belarusian regime's decision to withdraw from the EU's Eastern Partnership program. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, by withdrawing from the Eastern Partnership, the regime, first of all, punishes the people of Belarus and continues to isolate itself.
Statement by Lithuania on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic States: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden at the UNGA debate on the “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia”.
On 16 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Russian Embassy in order to express its protest over a violation of the airspace.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania stands in solidarity with Poland, which expressed its protest over the current decision of the Belarusian regime to designate 17 September as the national holiday in Belarus, and strongly opposes the distortion of historical facts.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses a strong protest over an unprecedented incident. Today, a diplomatic vehicle has been illegally stopped at the state border with Belarus and turned back to Lithuania.
Today, on 28 May, a representative of the Embassy of Belarus to Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and handed in a diplomatic note, declaring two members of the Embassy's staff personae non gratae, because they had carried out activities incompatible with their diplomatic status, and giving them seven days to leave Lithuania.
29 April 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
Dear representatives of the media, dear friends, – thank you for coming.
I’ve had very intensive few days in Tbilisi and I would like to thank the Georgian leadership, the oppositinion, NGOs for a very open and frank discussions during our meetings.
On 28 April, the Head of Lithuania's Representation in Moscow Eitvydas Bajarūnas was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and handed a diplomatic note, stating that two members of the Embassy's staff - a diplomat and a civil servant - were to be expelled in response to the steps taken by an official Vilnius. Last Friday, two employees of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius were declared personae non gratae, because they had carried out activities incompatible with their diplomatic status, and were given seven days to leave Lithuania.
During the past few weeks, information attacks were carried out against Estonian, Lithuanian, and Latvian politicians.
Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities
Intervention by the Nordic and Baltic States
delivered by the Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis commented on the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus to extradite Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: “Lithuania has been and will be a wall behind which all the democratic forces that are persecuted by regimes can seek refuge. Therefore, everyone who finds refuge in Lithuania can feel safe that they will not be extradited to regimes – neither for their struggle for democracy, nor freedom of expression and religious views. Thus, we can tell the Belarusian regime that we would rather watch hell freeze over than consider its demands."
On 26 February, marking the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We strongly condemn the Russian military aggression against Ukraine that started seven years ago and still continues, and the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol in gross violation of international law.
We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania express serious concerns over the political situation developing in Georgia and urge all political forces to act with restraint, de-escalate the situation and seek constructive solution in the interest of Georgia and all its citizens. We stress the critical importance of the rule of law and political dialogue in order to resolve the current crisis.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania is concerned about the recent political situation in Georgia. Parliament's decision to waive the legal immunity of Nika Melia, the leader of the main opposition party, the United National Movement, and the possible arrest of the politician reduces the possibility of dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition, raising questions about selective justice and the rule of law in the country.