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Lithuanian MPs appeal to U.S. Congressmen to remind Russia of occupation

  • 2005-04-27
Members of Lithuania's parliament on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives asking them to remind Russia of its responsibility for the war crimes and damages done by the Soviet occupation.

The letter, initiated by the opposition Homeland Union (Conservatives) and signed by 40 MPs, asks American lawmakers to convey to U.S. President George W. Bush "Lithuania's hope that by commemorating the victory of the Soviet troops over Nazism with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on May 9, [Bush] will remember to remind of Russia's responsibility for the war crimes and harm done by the Soviet occupation."

"We must assist Russia in accepting responsibility for the Soviet crimes just like Western countries have assisted Germany, Japan and Italy," the letter reads.