On 25 September, Lithuania's representatives and the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State Georg P. Kent discussed the situation in Belarus and the region, possibilities for providing support to the Belarusian civil society, other relevant issues of the Lithuanian-US relationship, and international security policy.
On the margins of the high-level General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a virtual event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the adoption by heads of state and government of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity at the United Nations World Summit in 2005.
On 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok. The meeting focused on bilateral relations, the situation in Belarus and Ukraine, the relationship with Russia, the security situation in the region, and topical items on the EU’s agenda.
On 24 September, the diplomatic conference “Beyond Duty – Visas for Life” to mark the Year of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who served as vice-consul in interwar Lithuania, took place at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in Kaunas. The conference was opened by the VMU Rector, Professor Juozas Augutis and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that it has not issued a press release claiming that the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius called on the EU to create European peacekeeping forces and deploy them to Belarus. It is highly likely that there is an ongoing cyber-information attack, which is currently under investigation by the Lithuanian authorities.
In response to a secretly held self-inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko for the new term of the President of Belarus on 23 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania reaffirms that the presidential election held in Belarus on 9 August did not comply with the international commitments of Belarus and globally recognized standards of democracy. It was not free and fair. Thus, Lithuania recognizes neither the result of the election nor Alexander Lukashenko as a legitimate leader of Belarus. The newly self-inaugurated Lukashenko does not legally have any rights to represent the people of Belarus or their interests.
On 22 September, the first political consultations between Lithuanian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) took place in a virtual format. The meeting focused on the issues of bilateral political, economic, legal, and consular cooperation, work within international organizations, as well as the security situation in the Middle East, the Gulf, and Africa.
On 22 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Brussels in the run-up to the special European Council meeting to be held on 1 and 2 October. At their meeting, the EU leaders will discuss the single market, industrial policy, digital transformation, and the European Union’s external relations.
On 22 September in Rīga, the Lithuanian and Latvian Foreign Ministers conferred the 2020 Balts' Award on a Latvian diplomat, the first Ambassador of Latvia to Lithuania after the restoration of the country’s independence Alberts Sarkanis.
On 21 September, a high-level event ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’ in New York at the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event took place primarily in a virtual format, with pre-recorded statements by heads of state and government.
On 20-21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in an informal meeting of EU trade ministers “Open markets and free trade are the driving forces”. Ministers discussed ways how trade policy could contribute to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 21 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting focused on the EU’s response to the latest political developments in Belarus, issues related to Libya, the situation in Lebanon, the EU relations with China, Turkey, and the African Union, as well as the future partnership with the Southern Neighborhood.
On 21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis and the U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales discussed the fight against international terrorism, sanctions against Hezbollah-affiliated persons, the situation in Belarus and the region, relevant issues of the Lithuanian-U.S. relationship, as well as international security policy.