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|British Embassy, Vilnius|
The Embassy building in Vilnius
Antakalnio str. 2, |
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The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Vilnius is the chief diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Lithuania. The Embassy is located on Antakalnio Street, opposite the St Peter and St Paul Church. The current British Ambassador to Lithuania is Claire Lawrence. The Embassy also represents the British Overseas Territories in Lithuania.
Between the First and Second World Wars Lithuania's capital was in the city of Kaunas and the United Kingdom maintained a diplomatic representation there. The UK never recognised de jure the Soviet annexation of Lithuania in 1940.
The UK recognised Lithuania's restored independence on 27 August 1991. The British Embassy opened in Vilnius in October 1991 and moved to its current location on Antakalnio Street in April 1994. As well as the embassy in Vilnius, the UK also has and an honorary consulate in Klaipėda.