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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On 31 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.

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Along with Americans, Lithuanians will be paying tribute to the U.S. Senator John McCain from 31 August to 2 September. The national flag of the United States of America will fly at half-staff also in the Washington square in Vilnius.

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On 6-7 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Krzysztof Czaputowicz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko, is visiting Sakartvelo (Georgia) on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Russian military aggression against Saktarvelo.

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On 2 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States congressional, which was headed by Hal Rogers, Chairman of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. The meeting focused on the Lithuania-U.S. cooperation in response to Russian threat, sanctions, energy security, and support for the spread of democracy.

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Lithuania does not recognize and continues to strongly condemn the annexation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. Our position is based on our unwavering commitment to international law and our conviction that Russia has blatantly violated one of its main principles, - to refrain from the threat or use of force against sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of any State. No country can change the borders of another by force.

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The online accreditation for journalists and media workers to attend the events during Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Lithuania opens on 30 July. The deadline for online application is 13 August. The accreditation process will be carried out only online. The application form will be launched on our website on 30 July.

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The fifth Vilnius Russia Forum will be held on 24-25 May. The traditional event brings together more than 100 politicians, civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academicians, journalists from Russia, Lithuania, and other Western countries.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated €20 000 in humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees. The contribution will be transferred to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

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On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Kosovo on the 10th anniversary of its independence.

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On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania, the Adelaide Lithuanian community prepared an exceptional gift for Lithuania – preserved personal artefacts of Lithuanian Presidents.

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On 15-16 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Foreign ministers discussed Syria, the Western Balkans, North Korea, security and defence issues.

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