Heads of Baltic, Polish parlt committees deplore bill on MRP handled in Russia

  • 2020-06-25
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The heads of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland issued a joint statement on Thursday calling on the State Duma and the authorities of the Russian Federation to withdraw from proceeding a proposal to revoke and invalidate the resolution condemning the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocol.

In 1989, the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR adopted the resolution that condemned the 1939 Soviet-German Non-Aggression Treaty.

The chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the parliament of Estonia, Enn Eesmaa, said that the bill on revoking and invalidating that resolution, which is currently being handled in the State Duma, is a regrettable attempt to rewrite history, spokespeople for the Estonian parliament said.

He said that World War II, which caused the death of tens of millions of people, occupation of the Baltic states, and the partition of Poland between two totalitarian powers, was the direct result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocol.

"The proposed law is an attempt to distort those events and to justify the use of military force against smaller neighbors, and this is done at the expense of the memory of the victims of the World War," Eesmaa said.

The joint statement of the chairmen of the foreign affairs committees of the four parliaments underlines that the proposal on revoking the 1989 resolution will not have any impact on the unequivocal condemnation of the pact and its secret protocol as an illegal act under the international law. Likewise, it will not affect its assessment by historians. 

The joint statement points out that the rehabilitation of totalitarian imperialism contained in the  bill is an attempt to justify the rejection of the equal protection of sovereign states under international law.

"It is particularly dangerous since it justifies, in fact affirms the current policy of the Russian Federation towards Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, and opens the path for further potential violations of the international law at the expense of independence and sovereignty of the neighboring countries," the heads of the foreign affairs committees said. 

"We call on the State Duma and the authorities of the Russian Federation to make all possible efforts to base the relations with their neighbors on the international law, the respect of their sovereignty and territorial integrity, the restoration of trust in international relations and reestablishment of good neighborly relations in our part of Europe. In such efforts the first necessary step will be the withdrawal from proceeding the proposal," joint statement says.

The Riigikogu supported the preservation of authentic historical memory also in its statement titled "On Historical Memory and Falsification of History," which was adopted on Feb. 19 this year.