Lithuania in the News
15th September 2013
|Lithuania is Thrust to the Centre Stage of World Affairs|
US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting Lithuania’s
President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Photo courtesy lrp.lt
During a busy day of important meetings on Saturday September 7 he met Lithuania’s President Grybauskaitė and attended the informal meeting of European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers, where the Syrian crisis was very much on the agenda. All of this was in parallel to President Barrack Obama’s visit to St Petersburg in Russia for the G20 meeting 5–6 September 2013. John Kerry’s visit to Vilnius at virtually the same time cannot be just a coincidence.
US Secretary of State Kerry at the EU Foreign Ministers Meeting
in Vilnius. (L-R) Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius,
US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU Foreign Minister
Catherine Ashton. Photo courtesy eu2013.lt
It seems that the idea of Syria giving up its chemical weapons, currently at the centre of international diplomacy, actually took shape in Vilnius. According to the German publication “Die Welt” it was originally conceived by the Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and was presented by him to Secretary Kerry during his visit to Vilnius.
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