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On 9 October in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde, who was appointed as the Minister for Foreign Affairs in September. The Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral and regional cooperation, security, topical issues of Eastern neighborhood, and the Lithuanian-Swedish cooperation within international formats.

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On August 7, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius expressed his condolences on the passing of former Indian Minister of External Affairs Ms Shusma Swaraj. The Minister extended his deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

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On 29 July Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with members of Misija Sibiras’19 (Mission Siberia 2019) who returned from Kazakhstan. A team of sixteen people had had a plan to go to Krasnoyarsk in Russia this year, however, their visa applications were rejected as was the case last year, too.

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On 5 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the Foreign Ministry’s award of honor – Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star – on Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Jewish (Litvak) Community of Lithuania.

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On 28 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred Lithuania's Diplomacy Star on the President of the Lithuanian Ambassadors' Club Algirdas Kumža.

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On 26 June in Brussels, Giles Portman, who heads the East Stratcom Task Force of the European External Action Service (EEAS) from 2015, received Lithuania's Diplomacy Star. The East Stratcom Task Force is the sole institutional response of the European Union to Russia's organized disinformation campaigns against EU institutions and its member states.

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On 10 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed Moldova's political crisis with Maia Sandu. The leader of the Action and Solidarity Party was appointed as the Prime Minister of a new Government endorsed by the Parliament of Moldova on 8 June.

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On 4-5 June, an international conference "Security Challenges in the Digital Era: the Role of Science Advice" was held at the Palace of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. The event, which was open to the broader public, focused on the role of science in building resilience to various threats we face in today's world.

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On 30 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius opened the United States Senator John McCain's Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

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On 20 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi and Beth Richardson, Head of Office of the Canadian Embassy in Vilnius, who invited the Foreign Minister to the third Ukraine Reform Conference on 2-4 July in Toronto, Canada.

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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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