Rinkevics decries falsification of history as Russian embassy maintains Latvia was incorporated into U.S.S.R. in a legitimate way

  • 2020-07-14
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) has called the Russian embassy's claim that Latvia was incorporated into the Soviet Union in a legitimate way a regrettable falsification of history. 

To remind about historical events that unfolded in Latvia 80 years ago, the Russian embassy in Latvia posted on Twitter a photography showing people lining up at a polling station in Riga, indicating that the picture shows snap Saeima elections, which took place on July 14 and 15, 1940. In its tweet, the embassy claimed that these elections "became one of Latvia's steps towards its legitimate accession to the Soviet Union". 

Responding to the Russian embassy's tweet, Rinkevics noted that the tradition to falsify history and elections is still alive in modern-day Russia. 

"We remind our colleagues at the embassy that these "elections" took place in Latvia under Soviet occupation in breach of the Constitution and that they were a direct result of the criminal agreement between the political twins - Hitler and Stalin," Rinkevics tweeted.