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During the visit to New York on 17-18 May 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations Rosemary A. Di Carlo and the Head of UN Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix. In the meetings, The Foreign Minister presented Lithuania's priorities at the United Nations and discussed the country‘s further engagement in UN peacekeeping missions.

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On 14 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels, which discussed the Commission‘s proposals for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) post 2020, and ministers had a round of discussions. On 2 May, the Commission proposed a long-term budget of €1,135 billion in commitments over the period from 2021 to 2027. The modern EU budget is 3% higher than the current MFF. The Commission ambitiously aims to have an agreement before the European Parliament elections in May 2019.

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On 11 May, the annual 3+1 meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany was held in Palanga.

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On 3 May, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) invited Lithuania to accede to the OECD Convention and to become its 36th member country. Thus, Lithuania has gained significant international recognition as a developed and advanced economy.

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The Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place on 27 April in Brussels. It focused on Russia’s aggressive military activity, hybrid attacks against NATO’s member countries and its partners. In the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius noted that during the forthcoming NATO summit the countries should in solidarity send the message that the Alliance was determined to defend its member countries and values.

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On 25 April in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”. The conference, which is hosted by the EU and co-chaired with the United Nations, aims at keeping the international community’s attention and response to the Syrian crisis on top of the international agenda, and at encouraging the full implementation of the existing commitments.

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At the initiative of the French, Lithuanian and Swedish Delegations to the OSCE, Ambassadors and Delegates from 15 participating states met today in Vienna to launch an informal OSCE Group of Friends on Safety of Journalists.

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Lithuania, along with Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Djibouti, Cameroon, Canada, Luxembourg, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan and France, has been elected as member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the 2019-2021 term.

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"Our response to Russian provocations after the events in Salsbery remains united and coordinated, we all understand the need to strengthen the resilience of our countries in the face of modern threats. The role of the European External Action Service’s Eastern Strategic Communications Division (StratComm) is particularly important – we need to evaluate the work of this team and to constantly improve it," said Linkevičius in a discussion on relations with Russia, during which EU Foreign Ministers discussed prospects for the near future and further joint actions following the events in the city of Salisbury, the United Kingdom.

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On 3 April in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a discussion on cooperation between the Baltic states and the U.S.A. The discussion was organized by a well-known think tank – the Atlantic Council.

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On 29 March, the OECD Investment Committee in Paris approved a formal opinion, acknowledging that Lithuania met the OECD investment requirements. The Committee’s positive opinion affirms Lithuania’s openness to investment and increases the country’s attractiveness for Foreign Direct Investments.

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On 26 March, as agreed upon with the EU partners, the Ambassador of Russia to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsov was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania over the attack in the UK. The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius handed the Russian Ambassador a protest note, informing that three employees of the Russian Embassy had been named undesirable for activities incompatible with their diplomatic status.

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On the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 19 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with his newly appointed German counterpart Heiko Maas. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mikser also attended the meeting.

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On 19 March in Brussels, prior to the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius invited EU foreign ministers to an informal breakfast together with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

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