Baltic states denounce Russia's attempts to rehabilitate Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

  • 2020-06-18
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA/VILNIUS/TALLINN - The Baltic states have denounced the bill under consideration by the State Duma of the Russian Federation that would aim to revoke a resolution adopted by the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR in 1989 and condemning the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

As LETA was told at the Latvian Foreign Ministry, the ministry's Political Director Janis Mazeiks today met with Russian Ambassador to Latvia Yevgeny Lukyanov to communicate Latvia's position on the bill tabled in the Russian State Duma. 

Mazeiks indicated during the meeting with the Russian ambassador that the adoption of such a legislation would impact Latvian-Russian bilateral relations and the EU's relations with Russia.

The political director pointed out that the draft legislation contains an interpretation of historical events that contradicts internationally well-established, undeniable and unambiguous facts, supported by extensive documentary evidence, and it may therefore be regarded as distortion of history.

The Latvian Foreign Ministry categorically rejects attempts to justify the ruthless and bloody atrocities committed by the two 20th century totalitarian regimes of Stalinism and Nazism.

Whatever the objectives of the authors of the draft legislation, the Latvian Foreign Ministry must, for the record, state that even if such legislation were to come into force, it would not have any legal effect with respect to the Republic of Latvia.

The secret protocol of August 23, 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (on non-aggression between Nazi Germany and the USSR) divided the eastern part of Europe into spheres of influence and set the stage for the Soviet Union's forcible and illegal occupation of the Baltic States in 1940. For decades, the existence of the secret protocol was denied by the USSR; in 1989, however, the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR condemned it with a formal decision.

On June 15, 2020, in Vilnius, the foreign ministers of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania agreed to simultaneously invite Russian ambassadors to each Baltic State to discuss talks on the matter at their respective foreign ministries.