Linas Linkevičius met with the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Foreign Minister of Georgia
On 3 April in Washington, the USA, on the margins of the NATO's 70th anniversary events, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivana Klympush-Cincadze and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani.
Linas Linkevičius and the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine discussed the process of organisation of the first round of presidential elections and the implementation of the reforms in Ukraine despite the continuing Russian aggression.
"The first round of elections is a clear evidence that Ukraine is successfully passing the democracy examination. It is important to further comply with the election democracy and transparency standards during the second round and to continue the implementation of reforms whatever the outcome will be," Linas Linkevičius said.
They also discussed NATO and Ukraine's relations and preparation for the 14th meeting of the Lithuania-Ukraine Commission for European Integration in Kyiv.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister and Georgian Foreign Minister discussed relevant issues regarding NATO and EU integration, security situation in the Black Sea region and the situation in Georgian territories – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – occupied by Russia.
Linas Linkevičius emphasized Lithuania's standing support of Georgia’s pursuits to get integrated into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures and encouraged Tbilisi to continue reforms in the areas of democracy and rule of law.
On 26 April, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, continued his visit in Kiev, Ukraine, and met with Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin. A day before, on 25 April, Linas Linkevičius had a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko, whose term as president is coming to an end.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the decree by the Russian President Vladimir Putin on a simplified procedure for granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainian citizens, who reside in temporarily occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. Lithuania maintains that such a move is an illegal interference into Ukraine’s internal affairs and a violation of its territorial integrity.
On 4 April, at NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Washington, Minister Linas Linkevičius called for response to the actions of Russia in the Black Sea region and in the area of arms control that are weakening European security.
On 3 April Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius participated in the NATO's 70th anniversary events held in Washington, the USA.
Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that flagrantly violates international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will continue to support Ukraine and coherently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea five years ago.
We appreciate the efforts the United States have undertaken to engage Russia with a view to preserving the INF treaty.