Kosovan–Lithuanian relations involve foreign relations between Kosovo[a] and Lithuania. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and Lithuania recognized it on 6 May 2008. Diplomatic relations commenced on 16 July 2008.
As of 2009[update] Lithuania had 36 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO-led Kosovo Force. On November 30, 2009 Lithuania and Kosovo signed a military agreement to increase the breakaway region's integration into NATO and to bolster its disputed independence.
On 30 November 2009 Kosovo and Lithuania strengthened military ties when their defence ministers met during a three-day visit to Lithuania.
Notes and references
|a.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 11 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.|
- "Seimas nutarė pripažinti Kosovo Respublikos nepriklausomybę (Seimas recognizes Republic of Kosovo's independence)". Parliament (Seimas) official proceedings (in Lithuanian). 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Vyriausybė užmegs diplomatinius santykius su Kosovu". lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). Vilnius, Lithuania: Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija. (Lithuanian national radio and television). Archived from the original on 2008-09-16.
- "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09
- "Lithuania, Kosovo sign military agreement" www.balticreports.com Link accessed 2009-11-30
- "Kosovo and Lithuania strengthen military ties" 30-11-09 Link retrieved 03-12-09
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