WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus, today met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and visited Lithuanian delegates, including the former Ambassador to the United States and the current member of the Seima – MP Žygimantas Pavilionis, current member of the Seimas MP Emanuelis Zingeris, and Ambassador Audra Plepyt ?. The Lithuanian delegation shared a letter from Viktorija “milyt” -Nielsen, the current spokeswoman for the Seimas, thanking Durbin for his advocacy on behalf of Lithuania and the Baltic States.
During the meeting, Durbin discussed continued support for the Baltic states as they face ongoing threats from Russia as they provoke and test defenses in the region. The Lithuanian delegation also briefed on the tensions between the Lithuanian government and the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who in retaliation for sanctions against Belarus following the stolen elections last year and the brazen rerouting of the Ryanair flight with dissidents crossing the border between Lithuania and Belarus Arms armed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, as well as the aggressive Chinese response to Lithuania’s recent agreement to exchange diplomatic posts with Taiwan.
“It was an honor to meet Lithuanian leaders today and receive news from the country my mother once called home.” said Durbin. “Thirty years after its liberation from the Soviets, Lithuania is a living member of NATO, the European Union and the community of democracies. The US will continue its strong partnership with Lithuania and its Baltic neighbors as it upholds democratic values amid the Russian, Belarusian and Chinese wartime violence. “
A photo of the meeting can be found here.
In 2017, Durbin traveled to Rukla, Lithuania, to visit the US and German armed forces stationed there as part of the European Reassurance Initiative.
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