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The "Freedom Way DC" campaign to support the people of Belarus in their struggle for freedom took place in the U.S. capital today. Hundreds of people from Lithuanian and Belarussian diasphoras in the U.S and representatives of the country's civil society together with other members of the community supporting the protesters in Belarus gathered at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, DC and joined the event that also took place in many other parts of the world.
Lithuania's President Gitanas Nausėda, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulated their counterparts and the American people on 244th independence anniversary.
President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda took part in a video annual conference of heads of Lithuanian diplomatic missions, consular offices and representations to international organizations. The President delivered an overview of Lithuania’s foreign policy priorities and challenges, setting the guidelines of action to diplomatic missions for protecting national strategic interests in an ever more complicated security environment.
On May 21, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavičius participated in a webinar on the geopolitics of nuclear energy, hosted by the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS. The discussion also raised serious questions about #Ostrovets nuclear power plant: its violations of international norms; safety issues; and Russia’s use of this project for its own foreign policy needs.
The discussion can be viewed on line, by clicking here.
On 15 May in Riga, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding on lifting travel restrictions between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for land, rail, air, and maritime transport.
Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2020, we pay tribute to the victims and to all soldiers who fought to defeat Nazi Germany and put an end to the Holocaust.
On 4 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a video conference with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, and discussed economic relations between the United States and Lithuania, international and regional policy, trade issues, and the Government’s measures to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, the relaxation of quarantine measures, and the opening of the state’s borders.
On 28 April, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, and discussed security challenges posed by both conventional and non-conventional threats, such as the global COVID-19 crisis.
It took three months for Lithuanian scientists to develop a nanocopy of the U.S. Capitol Building, which is around 600,000 times smaller than its actual. A nano copy of the Statue of Freedom, the crowning feature of the Dome of the Capitol, is 10 times smaller than a human cell.
"A small gift, but it represents the great friendship between Lithuania and America which is based on shared values and a love of freedom," says the Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States, Rolandas Kriščiūnas.
The Ambassador presented this gift to Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), co-chair of the House Baltic Caucus, and a member of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, and to Anthea M. Hartig, the Director of the National Museum of American History. The presentation ceremony took place during Lithuania’s Independence Day celebration at the Library of Congress on March 11. On this day, Lithuania celebrates the 30th anniversary of its restored Independence.
Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and MP Emanuelis Zingeris, the son of the survivors of the Holocaust, visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and honored the victims of Shoah. Lithuania Remembers the horrific tragedy and the suffering that the Holocaust brought to humanity.
During his working visit to USA, Viktoras Pranckietis, the Speaker of the Seimas, met with US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. V.Pranckietis started the meeting by thanking the United States for all the support since the restoration of Lithuania’s independence, the 30th anniversary of which Lithuania will celebrate next week. V.Pranckietis is visiting DC on a joint visit by the Speakers and Parliamentarians of Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia.
The Embassy of Lithuania hosted a discussion “Not Silenced. Russia’s civil society’s fight for the future of European Russia”. The discussion was held to honor the memory of great Russian statesman, former Deputy Prime Minister and the late leader of Russian opposition Boris Nemtsov.
On January 12, friends of Lithuania and diplomatic community joined Lithuanian Embassy and the Lithuanian Community in the traditional annual tribute run in Washington, DC, dedicated to the Defenders of Lithuania’s Freedom. The 13th of January marks the anniversary of when unarmed and singing Lithuania challenged the aggression of the Soviet Union. Soviet tanks killed 14 and injured around 1000 civilians who stood tall defending the Lithuanian Parliament and the main TV tower. These defenders became the symbol of Unity of the people of Lithuania and of victory in fight for Freedom. Every year a tribute run is being organized in Lithuanian cities and around the world to remember those who died and who fought for Lithuania’s freedom.
The discussion “Nuremberg that never happened. The case of Soviet crimes in post-war Lithuania” was organized at the Embassy of Lithuania on November 15. In his remarks Lithuanian Minister of Defence R.Karoblis noted that Lithuania celebrates the victory against Nazism, but the end of the Second World War for the country has also another meaning. "It was the beginning of our war against Soviet occupation and national genocide."