Lithuania's formin calls Russia's Ribbentrop-Molotov initiative history falsification

  • 2020-06-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius calls the recent initiative in the Russian parliament to recall the condemnation of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact three decades ago an attempt to falsify history.

Linkevicius discussed the issue with his Baltic and Polish counterparts on Tuesday.

"It's one of the many, unfortunately, and probably not the last example and attempt to falsify history. We regularly see those examples, including that registered Duma bill," the minister told BNS.

Linkevicius said it was agreed with the Latvian, Estonian and Polish counterparts "to closely monitor the situation" and attempts to distort historic facts. The issue was also touched upon during the UN Security Council meeting, chaired by Estonia, almost a month ago.

"If that continues, we will strongly respond by coordinating our actions, as we have done so far," the minister said.

In 1989, the Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union adopted a resolution on "the political and legal assessment" of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact to condemn this document and deem it invalid.

In late May, Russia Duma Deputy Aleksey Zhuravlyov, leader of the Rodina party, registered a proposal to recall that political decision, saying that it "doesn’t match the principles of historic justice" and was adopted "in a year of growing political instability, accompanied by pressure from external forces".

Signed in August 1939, the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence, and led to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic nations in 1940.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has on numerous occasions stated that Poland was responsible for the outbreak of World War II, and also justified the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, saying that Russia had no choice but sign it.