Lithuanian president vows to raise Russian revisionism issue at EU summit

  • 2020-06-29
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's ongoing revisionism policy aimed at downplaying Soviet crimes at the upcoming EU summit, the presidential office announced on Monday after the country's State Defense Council discussed Russia's plans to rehabilitated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed on the eve of WWII.

"Members of the SDC agreed that the future changes to the Russian Constitutions and the voiced plans to officially rehabilitate the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols are raising major concern," the presidential office said.

"We need to attract the attention of allies and the international community to Russia's attempts to systematically rewrite history to justify its policies towards neighboring countries, question their statehood and divide the EU and NATO. (…) The president plans to raise this issue at the upcoming European Council meeting on July 17-18," the statement reads.

The Baltic states strongly protest the bill under consideration by the Russian parliament, aimed at recalling the 1989 decision by the Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union to deem the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact's secret protocols unfounded and invalid.

Constitutional amendments have also been put forward in Russia, enshrining the provision defending "historic truth". They also ban "diminishing the significance of the people's heroism in defending the Fatherland".

National Defense Minister Raimunas Karoblis told journalists that the attempt to justify the Soviet-Nazi pact is part of Russia's ongoing propaganda campaign.

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 on the eve of WWII. Soon after the signing of this pact, the war broke out and the Baltic states and Poland were occupied.

The Russian government has been falsely claiming in recent years that the annexation and occupation of the Baltic sares during WWII was lawful.