The Lithuanian Ambassador to Turkey was summoned by Ankara following Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda's statement on Armenian Genocide, LRT reported.
The meeting of Ambassador Audrius Bruzga and Aylin Tashan, a representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, took place in the second half of November, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry told BNS.
One of the topics discussed was the "events of 1915, which part of the international community sees as Turkey's genocide of Armenians," according to the Lithuanian foreign ministry,
According to the Lithuanian MFA, no note was handed out during the meeting.
This meeting took place after an interview published by delfi.lt on November 14. Nausėda said "Lithuania recognises" that "Turkey is a NATO ally that carried out the genocide of Armenians" during an interview with the Lithuanian news website delfi.lt. However, Turkey did not lodge a formal protest.
G. Nauseda told reporters in London that he did not believe that his statement would affect bilateral relations or Turkey’s position on NATO’s defense plans of the Baltic countries and Poland.
"That is, I would say, a thing that is always in the margins, and [...] parliaments of various countries, including the US Congress [...] have expressed their positions on [the Armenian genocide]. But that in no way means that any decisions need to be made tomorrow and not later," said Nausėda. "We were just speaking about that event and its historic assessment, and that's all.”
In a resolution in 2005, the Lithuanian parliament recognised that the Ottoman Empire carried out "genocide of the Armenian nation" during World War One, which Turkey denies.