Vygaudas Ušackas

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Vygaudas Ušackas
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Abassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation
Assumed office
1 September 2013
Preceded by Fernando M. Valenzuela
Special Representative of the European Union to the Islamic Republic of Afganistan
In office
1 April 2010 – 1 September 2013
Preceded by Ettore Francesco Sequi
Succeeded by Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
In office
9 December 2008 – 26 January 2010
President Dalia Grybauskaitė
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius
Preceded by Petras Vaitiekūnas
Succeeded by Audronius Ažubalis
Personal details
Born (1964-12-16) 16 December 1964 (age 52)
Skuodas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic
Political party Homeland Union

Vygaudas Ušackas (born 16 December 1964 in Skuodas, in the Lithuanian SSR's) is a Lithuanian diplomat, since September 2013 appointed as the head of European Union's delegation in Russia.[1] Prior to that he served as the head of EU mission for Afghanistan.[2] Prior to heading Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ušackas was the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States and Mexico from 2001 through 2006, then Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Early life and education[edit]

Vygaudas Ušackas was born in 1964 in Skuodas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In 1982 he finished Skuodas school and enrolled to the Vilnius University, there he received law degree in 1990. Later he continued his studies at the University of Oslo, Norway and the Aarhus University, Denmark, specializing in international politics and trade.

Diplomatic Service[edit]

Between 1992 and 1996 he worked as an adviser to Lithuania's mission to NATO and European Community, soon afterwords he assumed post Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 2000 and 2001 he was the chief negotiator of Lithuania's accession to the European Union.

After the 2008 election, Andrius Kubilius presented Vygaudas Ušackas as candidate for the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs to President Valdas Adamkus.

On March 22, 2010, he was appointed by Catherine Ashton as the European Union's special envoy for Afghanistan.[3]

As of 1 September 2013 Vygaudas Ušackas serves as Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Russian Federation.

He has two children: Raimundas, who was born in 1991, and Paula, born in 1993.