Lithuania to recall US, EU ambassadors, appoint new ones to Russia, Ukraine

  • 2020-03-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – New Lithuanian ambassadors to Russia and Ukraine should assume their positions in May, and the country plans to recall its diplomatic representatives to the United States and the European Union in the summer.

Under the government's draft resolutions, career diplomat Eitvydas Bajarunas is proposed for Lithuanian ambassador to Moscow.

He has previously served as Lithuania's ambassador to Sweden and consul general in Saint Petersburg. Bajarunas should replace Remigijus Motuzas who was recalled in January.

Under another draft resolution, Valdemaras Sarapinas is proposed for ambassador to Ukraine as of May 12. He should be recalled as ambassador to Finland as of May 11.

Sarapinas has previously served as an adviser to President Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania's consul general in New York, the secretary of the Ministry of National Defense, Lithuania's defense attaché in the US and Canada, a vice minister of national defense and the government chancellor.

Rolandas Krisciunas is also set to be recalled as Lithuania's ambassador to the US as of July 30 after working in Washington for five years.

The term of Jovita Neliupsiene, Lithuania's permanent representative to the European Union, will end on August 17. The former adviser to ex-President Dalia Grybauskaite has worked in Brussels since 2015.

Lithuania also plans to recall its Ambassador to Turkey Audrius Bruzga and Ambassador to Spain Skaite Aniuliene as of June 4, recall Ambassador to the Council of Europe Laima Jureviciene as of June 11 and recall Ambassador to georgia Giedrius Puodziunas as of July 16.

In Lithuania, ambassadors are appointed and recalled by the president upon the government's nomination and approval by the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.