On 22 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius of Lithuania Landsbergis attended the United Nations Security Council high-level Arria-formula meeting on Media Freedom in Belarus. Lithuania's Foreign Minister called upon the Belarusian government to respect freedom of expression, and to end the arbitrary detention of journalists and all other media restrictions.
On 20 and 22 January, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor at the 37th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to address the human rights situation in Australia and Austria.
On 21 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis talked to the EU Ambassadors in Lithuania via virtual discussion and stressed that, in response to global challenges, the EU’s foreign policy needed to be value-based.
On 12 January, the Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, was elected as the President of the Bureau of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
On 6 January, Ministers of 13 member states of the European Union called on the European Commissioners for health and for international cooperation with the EU partners, as well as on the European Commission to set up a support mechanism to allow the Eastern Partnership countries to secure early access to COVID-19 vaccine.
On 29 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with the European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová and discussed the European Democracy Action Plan. Landsbergis drew the Vice-President's attention to Russia’s actions against Lithuanian judges whose work involved the January 13 case.
Just before the holidays, on 24 December, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have agreed on partnership agreement governing the future relations.
On 23 December, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia announced that they had agreed on a humanitarian flight for citizens of the three Baltic states from the United Kingdom.
The Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Foreign Ministers called on the German Presidency of the European Union to coordinate and make joint decisions on the situation with the United Kingdom, where a new variant of Covid may have been spreading.
On 18 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended a virtual meeting of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) Foreign Ministers. Ministers discussed the transatlantic link, the situation in Belarus, prospects for relations with the United Kingdom, as well as the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a joint response to the crisis, and other items on the agenda.
On 18 December, Lithuania took the floor in the Interactive Dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
On 17 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The Foreign Ministers welcomed the intensifying ties between the two countries and agreed to further strengthen cooperation, especially in the areas of business, tourism, education and science, as well as the inter-institutional dialogue on economic development.
On 17 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, and the Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, and discussed the COVID-19 situation in the region, important issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as support to democratic forces in Belarus.