Linas Antanas Linkevičius

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Linas Linkevičius
Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius in Tallinn. 13.03.2013.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
13 December 2012
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius
Preceded by Audronius Ažubalis
Minister of National Defence
In office
26 October 2000 – 14 December 2004
Prime Minister Rolandas Paksas
Eugenijus Gentvilas (Acting)
Algirdas Brazauskas
Preceded by Česlovas Stankevičius
Succeeded by Gediminas Kirkilas
In office
28 October 1993 – 27 November 1996
Prime Minister Adolfas Šleževičius
Laurynas Stankevičius
Preceded by Audrius Butkevičius
Succeeded by Česlovas Stankevičius
Personal details
Born (1961-01-06) 6 January 1961 (age 54)
Vilnius, Soviet Union
(now Lithuania)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater Kaunas University of Technology

Linas Antanas Linkevičius (born 6 January 1961) is a Lithuanian politician of the Social Democratic Party.

Political career[edit]

Linkevičius served as minister of National Defence from 1993 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2004. He was the Lithuanian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2005 until 2011. In December 2012 he was appointed minister of Foreign Affairs.[1]

Views on Russia[edit]

Linkevičius has been a constant opponent within the European Union and NATO of compromises with Russia over Ukraine. When measures to re-engage Russia were discussed in Brussels, in January 2015, he strongly objected. "I do not think we should think how to re-engage; Russia should think how to re-engage . . . I see no reason why we should invent something," he was quoted. (Financial Times, January 20, 2015)

"We can't trust a single word of the Russian leadership. [Russia's] statements are worthless," he was quoted as saying in a public speech in March 2015, scolding some of his European Union colleagues for being detached from "reality" in seeking to soften or unroll some of the sanctions against Russia. (Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2015)

In a newspaper column, in June 2015, Linkevičius warned Lithuania's NATO partners against regression to a mid-Cold War-like détente with Russia, as the one experienced in the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's. Russia, he wrote, no longer poses "a serious alternative to Western liberal democracy", and its adversarial relations with the rest of Europe are "just a Kremlin construct, invented by modern Russia to cover failures of reform."(Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2015)

Referring to Lithuania as a "frontline state" with Russia, he urged in that column that "NATO’s capabilities should be based on sober threat analyses, not illusions. Anything that the Kremlin perceives as weakness will encourage it to press ahead."

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Political offices
Preceded by
Audrius Butkevičius
Minister of National Defence
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Česlovas Stankevičius
Preceded by
Česlovas Stankevičius
Minister of National Defence
2000–2004
Succeeded by
Gediminas Kirkilas
Preceded by
Audronius Ažubalis
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2012–present
Incumbent