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On 5 December at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius highlighted that Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine and other neighboring countries remained a major security challenge within the OSCE region.

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This statement is delivered on behalf of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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On 29 November in Rīga, Latvia, at a joint meeting of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Foreign Ministers’, the Minister L. Linkevičius emphasized the need for Baltic solidarity in relation to unsafe Belarusian nuclear energy.

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On 27 November, Lithuania's candidacy for the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the 2020-2022 period was unanimously approved at the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague, Netherlands.

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At their meeting in Tallinn (Estonia) on 26 November, the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, and Ukraine released a joint statement on Ukraine.

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On 20 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels, which finalized preparations for the meeting of NATO leaders on 3 and 4 December in London, the United Kingdom. NATO Foreign Ministers discussed progress in strengthening NATO deterrence and defense posture, and ensuring a high level of readiness of our forces in order to better respond to cyber-attacks and hybrid threats. Foreign Ministers also discussed relations with Russia, China, the future of arms control and sharing the burden of defense expenditure.

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On 19 November in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council, which discussed strengthening the rule of law in the EU. Ministers also held an exchange of views with the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O'Flaherty.

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On 12 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppuraine, the Under-Secretary of State for EU Affairs Jari Luoto, and the Permanent State Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Matti Anttonen in Helsinki, Finland.

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On 11 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Masamichi Kono. Representatives of the Government, the Office of the President, and other institutions responsible for cooperation with the OECD also attended the meeting.

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On 11 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The meeting focused on regional security in the Gulf and the situation in Afghanistan.

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On 24-25 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania is hosting the international conference “Pivot to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities” in Vilnius. Speakers from more than a dozen countries and international organizations are sharing their insights into developments in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on Europe and Lithuania.

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On 15 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas  Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg. Ministers continued preparations for the European Council meeting on 17-18 October, discussed the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, enlargement, and negotiations on the multiannual financial framework.

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On 14 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which focused on the Turkish military operation in Syria's north-east and Turkey’s continued drilling activities off the southern coast of Cyprus.

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On 14 October, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to the Council of Europe Laima Jurevičienė presented the ratifications of the Protocol amending the Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (Strasbourg, 22.XI.2017) to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

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On 11 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Rīga Conference. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs, and other guests had a discussion entitled “Can the EU reform itself?”.

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