On 2 March, the Council of the European Union imposed targeted restrictive measures on four Russian officials responsible for the jailing of Alexei Navalny and the repression of peaceful protests. This is the first time that the EU imposes sanctions in the framework of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime or the so-called EU Magnitsky Law. The scheme that was adopted on 7 December 2020 enables to target individuals, entities, and other bodies responsible for constant serious human rights violations.
On 1 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in a virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, which was co-hosted by the United Nations and the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland. During the event, Lithuania announced its pledge to allocate EUR 100, 000 for humanitarian aid to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania notes that on February 26 an information attack was carried out against Lithuanian-Polish relations and against NATO.
On 26 February, marking the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We strongly condemn the Russian military aggression against Ukraine that started seven years ago and still continues, and the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol in gross violation of international law.
On 25 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in an enhanced interactive dialogue on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's comprehensive report on the situation of human rights in Belarus in the context of the 2020 presidential election.
On 25 February in Chişinău, during the first visit to Moldova, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the President of Moldova Maia Sandu and other high-ranking government officials. The meeting with the President of Moldova focused on bilateral relations, the political situation in the country, the agenda of European integration, the reform process in Moldova, the pandemic and vaccination, and other international policy issues.
We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania express serious concerns over the political situation developing in Georgia and urge all political forces to act with restraint, de-escalate the situation and seek constructive solution in the interest of Georgia and all its citizens. We stress the critical importance of the rule of law and political dialogue in order to resolve the current crisis.
On 24 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantas Adomėnas took part in a virtual ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism, which for the second time convened in the margins of the High Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The meeting looked into new challenges for human rights and preparedness and response to health crisis.
On 24 February, Kęstutis Kudzmanas, Ambassador of Lithuania to Moldova, handed over to the Moldovan representatives a donation of protective equipment from NATO, consisting of 25,000 disposable suits for biological protection.
On 24 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis continued his visit to Ukraine and met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other high-ranking officials.
On 23 February in Kyiv, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius I, and relatives of Ukrainian citizens unlawfully imprisoned in Russia.
On 23 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in an informal video conference of European affairs ministers, who prepared the informal video conference of Members of the European Council on 25-26 February. Ministers discussed the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, security and defence, and issues of the European Union's neighbourhood. They also exchanged views on the European democracy action plan and took stock of the interinstitutional discussions on the Conference on the Future of Europe, as well as assessed the state of play of EU-UK relations.
On 22 February, EU ministers of foreign affairs made a political decision to impose targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment and the crackdown on peaceful protesters under the EU global human rights sanctions regime, or the so-called European Magnitsky Act.
On 22 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis participated in the Foreign Affairs Council, which focused on the EU-Russia relations, the human rights and democracy situation in Belarus, Myanmar, Hong Kong, and the EU initiative to strengthen a common European security and defence culture.
On the eve of the Foreign Affairs Council to be held on 22 February, EU ministers of foreign affairs, ambassadors, and representatives of the EU institutions met with Leonid Volkov, chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, and Ivan Zhdanov, Director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis.