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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:38

Lithuanians are deeply concerned about Ukraine, Lithuanian foreign minister Linkevičius tells hundreds of high-ranking U.S. officials at the February 16th celebration in Washington, D.C.

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Lithuanian foreign minister Linkevičius addresses the audiance. Lithuanian foreign minister Linkevičius addresses the audiance. hoto by Ludo Segers (Courtesy of the Lithuanian Embassy)

Over 400 participants began the celebration of the Day of the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania on 18 February with a minute of silence to honour the Ukrainians who were killed in Kyiv on the eve of this event.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who attended the event in Washington, D.C, stressed that the vast majority of Lithuanians are deeply concerned about the future of Ukraine, the Lithuanian foreign ministry said in a press release.

“These days the future of Ukraine is decided in the streets of Kyiv. We call for Ukraine’s government to halt violence immediately and resume the negotiations on forming a new government and implementing a constitutional reform together with the opposition leaders,” the Lithuanian Foreign Minister told hundreds of members of the United States Congress, high-ranking administration officials, diplomats and other honourable guests.

These days the future of Ukraine is decided in the streets of Kyiv. We call for Ukraine’s government to halt violence immediately and resume the negotiations.

The event, orginized by the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., was held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was attended by many honourable guests, including the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Lithuanian Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas.

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