The future Lithuanian ambassador to the Vatican promises to pay attention to Russia’s actions against Ukraine

On Wednesday, the government decided to nominate her for the presidency. She should start her duties on September 19.

S. Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė is not a career diplomat. She studied painting at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, then ecclesiastical heritage at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, is a member of the Society of Art Historians and the Union of Artists, a teacher at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University, an art researcher of the Vilnius Archdiocese, and has been in charge of the Church Heritage Museum since 2009.

Introducing herself to the Cabinet of Ministers, S. Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė pointed out that after Russia started the war in Ukrainepublic deliberations on how to restore peace in Ukraine intensified in Rome and the Vatican, and the conferences “often ended with resolutions, writings that sometimes seemed dictated by Putin.”

“I think that the benefit of me, a person of science, being in this position for Lithuania would be that I can go to this kind of events, discussions, somehow express (Lithuanian position – BNS). (…) We see that all kinds of winds blow certain opinions to the Pope’s ear,” she said.

The ambassador-to-be also asserted that the connections established in Rome during her studies “resulted in the fact that the ties and connections with Rome were not broken”, she often went to the Italian capital for scientific purposes, and the connections formed during her studies with former ambassadors to the Holy See, academic friends holding positions in the Vatican she can help with her diplomatic work.

“I have close friendships, for example, with my study friend, who is the Nuncio in Ukraine, Monsignor Visvaldus Kulbok, and also Monsignor Roland Makrick is my study friend, who now holds a high position in the Vatican authorities,” said the future diplomat.

“Such a path and not only a path, but also connections are important, we all know that they can be useful in diplomatic work, especially in Italy, where a lot is based on personal connections and professional discretion,” she said.

In August, the term of the Lithuanian ambassador to the Vatican Peters Zapolskas ended.

Ambassador Appointed by the President at the proposal of the Government, with the approval of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Seimas.

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