Linas Linkevičius has been the minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Lithuania since December 2012. Earlier in 2012, he had been appointed ambassador to Belarus. Previously, Linkevičius served as the ambassador-at-large for the transatlantic cooperation and security policy department in the ministry of foreign affairs. From 2005-11, Linkevičius was the permanent representative of Lithuania at the North Atlantic Council. He also served as the minister of the national defence from 1993-96. He was first elected to the parliament of Lithuania in 1992.