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On 7 May, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where a protest was expressed over the officially announced false statement of the Russian Embassy in the U.S. about the Lithuanian partisan commander Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas after a monument to him was unveiled in the suburb of Chicago.

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On 7 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius signed the Diversity Charter. Organizations, companies and institutions signing the charter seek to be socially responsible and to contribute to positive change in the society, to promote diversity and equality in the workplace without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, race, nationality, religion, gender identity, etc.

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On 3 May, Lithuania appealed to the European Commission regarding an irresponsible attitude of Belarus towards nuclear safety and international obligations related to the Ostrovets NPP.

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On 25 April, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulated Volodymyr Zelenski, who has been elected President of Ukraine, in Kiev.

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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.

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The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 17 April, received a response to its note of 12 April over safety and security of the staff of the Lithuanian diplomatic representation and their family members in Moscow from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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On 12 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania and handed a note over threats posed to the employees of the Lithuanian representation in the Russian Federation and their family members.

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On 1 April, an annual meeting of the Nordic-Baltic-Visegrád Four Foreign Ministers took place in Palanga. The Foreign Ministers discussed security issues, preparations for the upcoming meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Washington, D.C., cyber security and hybrid threats, the Eastern Partnership, relations with Russia, Ukraine, and China.

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On 27 March, the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Asta Skaisgirytė met with Enrique Mora Benavente, Director General for Foreign Policy and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain.

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On 22 March in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received the outgoing Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Archbishop Pedro López Quintana.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On 28 January, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with representatives of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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