Saeima adopts statement expressing concern about Russia's attempts to revise history of World War II

  • 2020-05-07
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Saeima today adopted a statement expressing concern about Russia's efforts to revise the history of World War II to suit its agenda, rejecting a critical assessment of the role of the Soviet Union and launching an aggressive disinformation campaign.

The statement was endorsed by Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this week, as Saeima Press Service told LETA.

The statement, titled "On the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the need for comprehensive awareness-building in Europe and the world", emphasizes that Europe cannot be united as long as its historical memory is divided, and expresses concern about Russia's attempts to revise the World War II history.

According to the statement, it is very regrettable that Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, still refuses to acknowledge the Soviet Union's aggression against the Baltic countries and continues to justify the occupation and illegal annexation of the three countries.

Saeima also expresses concern about Russia's aggressive disinformation campaign, which makes it very difficult for the international community to speak with one voice of the course and outcome of World War II.

Saeima emphasizes the need to promote a comprehensive view of European history in order to prevent the resurgence of totalitarian regimes, protect the sovereignty and independence of all European countries, strengthen the unity of Europe and its citizens, and promote a common understanding of crimes committed by totalitarian Nazi and communist regimes.

At the same time, Saeima members call for respect for the experience of European citizens during the war, and for consistent condemnation of the Nazi and communist regimes and all crimes they have committed. Only by remembering the injustices of totalitarianism and commemorating the victims of World War II is it possible to strengthen democracy, peace and stability, both in Europe and the world, says the statement.