His Excellency’s presentation, Russia and the Near Abroad, drew an auditorium full of Portland State University students and community members. Photo by Randy Miller
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Ambassador Pavilionis’ first visit to Portland, OR

Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis starts the New Year with his first ever visit to Portland, Oregon. Just about a year ago, His Excellency’s plans to explore this town were hampered by a snow and ice storm that unexpectedly hit the Rose city just two days prior to the scheduled trip. However, this time around the nature was gracious enough to greet the honorable guest with mild temperature and a ray of sunshine. […]

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. […]

Inga Sadaunikaitė-Kozhevnikov (with a flag) organized a team of runners in response to an invitation from Vilnius. Photo by Darius Kuzmickas
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US Lithuanians organize 13 January run in Portland

When an e-mail from Vilnius came with an invitation to join the traditional annual run “On the Road of Life and Death”, we were listening to Brahms’ piano concerto in Portland performed by a student of the prestigious Rice University in Houston (Texas), Lithuanian pianist Rūta Kuzmickaitė who was born five years after the historic events of 13 January 1991. She had returned for holidays to her family in Oregon. […]

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. […]

Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis questioning the funding and a strategy to fight Russian propaganda at UABA meeting.  Photo Ludo Segers
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Lithuanian ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis: We do not invest in our relations with the United States

Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America Žygimantas Pavilionis thinks that the US administration under President Barack Obama has been naive in wishing to “reset” relations with Russia, but this is the trap that every new president falls into. He hopes, however, that Obama’s successor – be it Hillary Clinton or someone else – will have a better grasp on geopolitical realities of Eastern Europe. […]

Lithuanian Diplomatic Star being awarded to Professor Snyder Photo Ludo Segers
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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. […]

President Petro Poroshenko  at the White House. Photo Ludo Segers
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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. […]

Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis. Photo Ludo Segers
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Black Ribbon Day in Washington, D.C., marks 75th anniversary of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

August 23 marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that divided Europe and facilitated the start of the Second World War. Now remembered as Black Ribbon Day in many countries, it coincided this year with the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way event. There were several commemorations in the United States that started early in the morning with a ceremony in the United States Congress and later the same morning at the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C. […]

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Lithuanian Embassy in the US hosts ExCel Exchange event

On 9 June the Lithuanian Embassy in the US, together with the American Councils’ ExCel programme, hosted a goodbye party for six Lithuanian High School students that spend the 2013-2014 school year on an exchange programme in an American high school. […]