008 - Linas Linkevicius: The Diplomatic Pursuit of the EU and NATO

Linas Linkevicius was among the Lithuanian diplomats, who built the country's current international standing. Lithuania currently belongs to many major international organizations including NATO and the EU. In our podcast, we interview diplomats who contributed to Lithuania becoming a strong international player.

We had a chance to take a live interview with the Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius. He told us the story of the continuous work that lasted two decades from regaining independence to joining some of the world’s most respected international organizations.

As Linas Linkevicius explained during our interview, Lithuania cannot survive being entirely neutral. You have to stick to some international organizations. When the Soviet Union was already gone, we didn't want to come back. Joining NATO became Lithuania’s goal. Back in 1993-94, all political parties in the Lithuanian parliament agreed that this is our priority. 

“On January 4th 1994 we sent a letter to Secretary-General of NATO Manfred further expressing the will of Lithuania to join NATO. After 10 years, we became members”

- said Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.

In our podcast interview, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius tells us a story about how the entire country managed to unite in its pursuit of joining these international organizations.