The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia. The delegation was headed by the Assistant Minister of the Directorate for European Affairs Zrinka Ujević. The delegation visited Vilnius on 27-28 February.
On 7 February, the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention in Geneva decided that Belarus had violated the Espoo Convention in choosing a construction site for its nuclear power plant. Reviewing violations by Belarus has attracted the international community’s attention.
Lithuania, along with other member states of the European Union, acknowledges and supports Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim President. In addition, Lithuania hopes that he will be able to organize free, independent, and fair presidential elections in compliance with democratic standards in the near future, enabling Venezuelans to determine their own future. Lithuania supports the international contact group that was established by the EU. The group is to enable the holding of new elections under democratic conditions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned the Market and Opinion Research Centre ‘Vilmorus Ltd.’ to conduct a public opinion survey, which found that Lithuanians believed in the importance of foreign policy and diplomacy for security of the country and its inhabitants. Lithuanians essentially agree with the foreign policy implemented by the authorities, advocate for a closer cooperation with the Baltic states and Poland, but they see Russia as a major threat.
On 28 January, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with representatives of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On 18 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Lithuania. The traditional annual meeting discussed greatest achievements and challenges facing Lithuania’s foreign policy, national and international security, and other most relevant global issues.
On 16 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius presented Andrius Kubilius' candidacy for the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to ambassadors of the Council of Europe member states residing in Lithuania.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius extended his heartfelt condolences to the Czech and Polish Foreign Ministers over an explosion in a coal mine in the Czech Republic of 20 December. L.Linkevičius also wished strength to the victims' families and a speedy recovery to the injured.
On 7 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Austria Donatas Kušlys presented his letters of credence to the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna.
The Lithuanian Diplomatic Service marks its 100th anniversary on 7 November 2018. In their congratulatory messages, the leaders of the United Nations and NATO underline the contribution of Lithuanian diplomacy into international organisations and the significance of diplomatic activities while aspiring to independence during the soviet occupation.
On 8-20 October, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is conducting the Emergency Preparedness Review Service's mission in Belarus to review the country‘s emergency preparedness capabilities and its compliance with the IAEA's safety standards.
On 8 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Ambassador of Russia to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov. Lithuania‘s Foreign Vice-Minister Albinas Zananavičius voiced his strong protest over the Russian Foreign Ministry‘s false statement about Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas (aka Hawk) on the eve of his funeral.
On 27 September, the first meeting of the Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue in a 3 + 1 format was held in Vilnius. The meeting was attended by Mitsunari Okamoto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas, Andris Pelšs, State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Rainer Saks, Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.
On 27 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with Mitsunari Okamoto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. The delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan came to Lithuania for the first meeting of the Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue.
On 31 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.