Lithuania to send new ambassadors to Russia and Ukraine

Lithuania is sending new ambassadors to Moscow and Kyiv in May, while the country’s representatives to the United States and the European Union are ending their terms this summer.

Under the government’s draft resolution, diplomat Eitvydas Bajarūnas is proposed as Lithuanian ambassador to Moscow.

He has previously served as ambassador in Sweden and consul general in Saint Petersburg. Bajarūnas should replace Remigijus Motuzas who was recalled from the Moscow embassy in January.

Valdemaras Sarapinas has been proposed to represent Vilnius in Ukraine. He should be recalled from Finland and assume the position in Kyiv on May 12.

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

Rolandas Kriščiūnas, who has served as Lithuania’s ambassador to the US for the last five years, is to be recalled from Washington as of July 30.

The term of Jovita Neliupšienė, Lithuania’s permanent representative to the European Union, will end on August 17. The former adviser to President Dalia Grybauskaitė has worked in Brussels since 2015.

Lithuania also plans to recall its ambassadors to Turkey, Audrius Brūzga, and Spain, Skaistė Aniulienė as of June 4.

Lithuania’s Ambassador to the Council of Europe Laima Jurevičienė is ending her term on June 11 Ambassador to Georgia Giedrius Puodžiūnas, on 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.

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