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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."
On October 28, Ambassador of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas together with German and Latvian Ambassadors Emily Haber and Māris Selga, and Estonian Deputy Chief of Mission M.Koplimaa took part in a panel discussion “Legacies of 1989: Visions of Freedom” at the historical Riggs Library at Georgetown University. The event was organized by the BMW Center for German and European Studies and the four Embassies.
While in New York, President Gitanas Nausėda pays special attention to global business leaders seeking to strengthen international economic relations and increase investments in Lithuania. On 23rd of September the President met with Adena Friedman, CEO of the Nasdaq stock exchange. Activities of Vilnius stock exchange and development opportunities in areas of technology and data analysis were discussed at the meeting.
The President and the Foreign Minister of Lithuania met with the members of the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC) in Vilnius today, and invited them to strengthen further the development of economic ties and investments.
On September 16, in preparation to commemorate the Vilna Gaon and Lithuanian Jewish History year in 2020, the Embassy of Lithuania in Washington DC together with the Wilson Center organized a discussion on the Lithuanian and Jewish relations today and 40 years ago. In the spotlight of the event was Tomas Venclova, a Lithuanian poet, intellectual, and professor emeritus at the Yale University and experts from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Vadim Altskan and Ina Navazelskis.
On September 10, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda met with Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf who is visiting Lithuania this week. The Governor also met with vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Darius Skusevičius. Ambassador of Lithuania in USA Rolandas Kriščiūnas, Lithuanian Honorary Consul General in PA Krista Bard, and Pennsylvania National Guard Adjutant General, Major General Anthony Carrelli took part in the meetings, where cooperation in defense, economy and culture was discussed.
On Friday, August 23, around 500 people joined their hands in a symbolic human chain and re-enacted a unique historical event in front of the U.S Capitol. The original "Baltic Way" took place in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania three decades ago.
On Friday, August 23, everyone is invited to join their hands in a symbolic human chain and re-enact a unique historical event "The Baltic Way," that took place in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania three decades ago. The reenactment is organized by the three Embassies, the Joint Baltic American National Committee and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and will take place on the West Lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol. The event will take place at 1pm. EST.
Lithuania marks June 14 as a Day of Mourning and Hope. At 3am on June 14, 1941, NKVD officers began mass arrests of Lithuanian citizens. In less than a week 18,000 people, including families with children, were deported to Siberia in sealed animal or freight wagons. Today, June 14, Washingtonians were reading the names of Lithuanian deportees as part of a larger Lithuanian youth initiative "Say it. Hear it. Remember it."
On May 25-28th, the U.S. Congressional staff delegation paid an official visit to Lithuania. This visit was organized under the auspices of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Lithuania to the U.S. The goal of this visit was to present the members of Congressional staff delegation the objectives of the foreign policy of Lithuania, to promote inter-parliamentary relations of the U.S. and Lithuania, to discuss prospects for bilateral relations, energy, economic and cyber security issues, the situation in Eastern Partnership countries, Russia and other international policy issues.
On May 30 Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius inaugurated U.S. Senator John McCain's Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
"A moral giant, an American hero and a true friend of #Lithuania. His legacy continues to inspire, his ideals live on. Lithuania salutes John McCain.” said Linas Linkevičius.
On Saturday, May 11, The Embassy of Lithuania in DC [together with all other 27 European Union Embassies and the European Union Delegation] opened its doors to the public, welcoming thousands of Washingtonians.
“For every Ambassador and every diplomat it is an immense gratitude to welcome so many guests and friends at the Embassy,” said Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas. Visitors had a chance to learn about Lithuanian lasers, biotechnologies, and other innovations; had a chance to experience Lithuanian culture and musical performances, to taste Lithuanian food. It was a joyful day, and a rare occasion when “no appointment” was needed to speak with the Ambassador!
On 4 May in Chicago, Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a solemn ceremony of unveiling of the monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters, head of state of the country that was resisting its occupation. Auksutė Ramanauskaitė-Skokauskienė, daughter of A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas, and his granddaughter Inga Jancevičienė also took part in the ceremony.
On April 8 the regalia of the Honorary Citizen of Vilnius was presented to 43rd U.S. President George W.Bush. Ambassador of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas presented the regalia to Mr. Lindsay Lloyd, the Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Vilnius Municipality named former president George W. Bush honorary citizen in a unanimous vote in August 2018. "Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an enemy has also made an enemy of the United States of America," said 43rd U.S. President George W.Bush during his visit in Vilnius in 2002.