Chancellor Merkel and President Obama discuss Ukrainian situation as fewer options remain to resolve crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited United States President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday. The visit, which had been planned for some time, saw both leaders discuss a wide array of trade and security issues. The recent developments in Ukraine, with Russia destabilizing the country, dominated a large part of the talks and the hour-long joint press conference that followed. The press conference was attended by Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Susan Rice. […]

Mr. Berger addresses the International Holocaust Remembrance   Photo Ludo Segers
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Washington

On Tuesday, an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony took place in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day coincided this year with the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Lithuanian Ambassador to the USA, Žygimantas Pavilionis, attended the solemn remembrance service. The Museum’s senior advisor, Arthur Berger, welcomed the gathering, that included a number of holocaust survivors and a large number of diplomats. […]

Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and US Secretary of State, John Kerry  Photo Ludo Segers
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EU’s Federica Mogherini discusses Ukraine and security with John Kerry.

On Wednesday, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met with US Secretary of State, John Kerry. The two discussed a number of issues during a luncheon meeting, in particular the situation in Ukraine, the recent wave of terrorist violence in France and other EU countries, energy independence, and other security issues. […]

Dalia Dedinskaitė, violin and Gleb Pyšniak, cello performing Ravel at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington      Photo Ludo Segers
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Concert commemorates Freedom Defenders’ Day in Washington

On 15 January, the duo of Dalia Dedinskaitė and Gleb Pyšniak played a recital in remembrance of Lithuania’s Freedom Defenders’ Day at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington. The duo performed works by Zoltán Kodály, Vytautas Barkauskas, and Maurice Ravel. […]

Filmmakers, Jonas Ohman and Vincas Sruoginis.  Photo Ludo Segers
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13 January commemoration – The Invisible Front in Washington

On Tuesday, 13 January, the Lithuanian community and a large number of American guests commemorated in Washington’s University Club the day in 1991 when the Soviet army attempted to overthrow Lithuania’s legitimate government in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The attendants paid tribute to the 14 people killed and the over one thousand unarmed Lithuanian civilians injured when the Soviet army and Special Forces attempted to overtake the Vilnius TV Tower and the Lithuanian parliament – the Seimas. […]

Lithuanian Ambassador Pavilionis draped in the Lithuanian flag joined Ukrainian Ambassador Motsyk and the French Ambassador Araud in the silent march  Photo Ludo Segers
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Silent march in Washington to commemorate French terrorist attacks

On Sunday afternoon, several thousand people turned up in Washington for a silent march organised by the French Embassy. The march was held on the same day as millions joined the leaders of dozens of countries in Paris. In Washington, the ambassadors from several countries together with dignitaries, religious leaders and thousands of concerned citizens joined the French Ambassador to the USA, Gérard Araud. The participants gathered in front of the Newseum in Washington, a museum dedicated to the press and freedom of expression. […]

FLTR Ambassador Pavilionis, Mackenson Pierre, Sandy Louiseme and Szymon Czyszek of the Knights  Photo Ludo Segers
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Haitian earth quake victims to visit Vilnius

On Monday, 5 January, the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington received the visit of three young amputees, victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The young man came to make a visa application for a visit to Vilnius on 8 January. The three will then travel to Rome, Italy, where they will attend a conference at the Vatican. […]

Nigel Farage and Rolandas Paksas

Opinion: Nigel Farage, one of Putin’s pawns

It is often said that politicians make for strange bedfellows. Moreover, people are judged by the friends or partners they have in life. In that light, one really should question Rolandas Paksas’ judgement when he invited UKIP’s Nigel Farage to his Order and Justice party congress in Vilnius. […]

Prometheus Strangling the Vulture - Jacques Lipchitz.    Photo Ludo Segers
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Litvak art in Philadelphia

Philadelphia can lay claim to a few superlatives in art. Probably nowhere are so many paintings by Renoir and sculptures by Jacques Lipchitz on public display within less than 1 square mile but in Philadelphia. Both have a connection to France and Lipchitz life story even leads all the way to Druskininkai in Lithuania. […]

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Lithuanian Diplomacy Star awarded to Yale professor and author Timothy Snyder

On Monday, 27 October, the bestselling author, historian and Yale professor Timothy Snyder was honoured with the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star during a ceremony at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, DC. […]

Petras Geniušas and Liudas Mockūnas at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, DC  Photo Ludo Segers
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Čiurlionis’ music revisited in Washington, DC

Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis had a short, yet very prolific life (he was just 35 when he died in 1911). He considered himself a synesthete, in that he perceived colours and music simultaneously. Čiurlionis composed about 400 pieces of music, mostly for the piano, and he also created 300 paintings – many with musical names. In addition, he wrote literary works and poems. An asteroid – 2420 Čiurlionis – was named after him. Few artists have left such deep influence on Lithuanian culture. […]

Petro Poroshenko and Barack Obama

US President Obama pledges continued support for Ukraine

On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama participated in a video conference with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy.  They discussed the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, including steps that are being taken to counter the spread of the disease. […]

President Petro Poroshenko  at the White House. Photo Ludo Segers

Ukrainian President Poroshenko asks US military assistance during visit to Washington

The high-level visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Washington on 18 September attracted much greater attention in the US capital than any other recent visit of a foreign head of state. His busy schedule saw President Poroshenko in the morning addressing the House of Representatives and the Senate in a joint meeting of US Congress before heading to the White House to meet President Barack Obama in the afternoon. […]