The Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte, is paying a visit to Japan as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.
This visit symbolizes a relationship “built on shared fundamental values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and protection and promotion of human rights,” according to a statement from the Embassy of Lithuania in Japan.
Prime Minister Simonyte’s tour comes at a time when the international community is facing many challenges, one of them being Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has destabilized the security environment in Europe and has worldwide implications.
Lithuania and Japan have both expressed their disapproval of Russia’s attack on Ukraine and are two out of the more than 40 countries that have referred Russia to the International Criminal Court for its actions.
Locked between Belarus and Latvia (both occupied by the former Soviet Union at one point), Lithuania has a unique perspective on relations with Russia. These relations have been tense since 1993 when the last Soviet troops left Lithuania and the country started to prioritize its relationships with the European Union and NATO.
During her stay, Prime Minister Simonyte will hold a press conference at the FCCJ where she will provide an update on the impact of Russia’s invasion on the Baltic States and its implications for Europe’s future. The Prime Minister is accompanied by a trade mission consisting of more than 20 Lithuanian companies in technology and agricultural industries.
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