The statement issued by the leaders of the Baltic States.
Presidents of Latvia Egils Levits, Lithuanian Gitanas Nausea and Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid issued a joint appeal on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the end of world war II in Europe. They accused the Soviet Union that it became the same occupier as Nazi Germany, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Browser.
The statement of the leaders of the Baltic countries published on the official website of the President of Latvia.
“We, the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second world war in Europe, honour the memory of all the victims and soldiers of the allies who defeated the Nazi regime on may 8, 1945, freeing thus, many European countries from the occupation and putting an end to the horrors of the Holocaust. However, the end of the Second world war did not bring freedom to the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe”, – the politician said.
“Instead, the replacement of one totalitarian regime replaced another, when the Baltic countries were cynically included in the USSR. Two ruthless dictators – Hitler and Stalin divided Europe into spheres of influence with the signing of the secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany,” they added, Recalling that after the outbreak of the Second world war on 1 September 1939, on the basis of the agreement and the Soviet-German Treaty on friendship and borders of the USSR occupied and annexed Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
As a result, said the mouth, Nausea and Kaljulaid, Central and Eastern part of the continent almost half a century remained under the rule of Communist regimes until the collapse of the Soviet Union, which has long used overwhelming military superiority, indiscriminate repression, mass deportation and total ideological control for the subordination of the Baltic countries.
“Today, our countries are an integral part of the European Union and NATO. However, we must not forget the tragic lessons of the past. We stress the importance of truth and justice,” – said in the appeal of the presidents of the Baltic States.
“The distortion of historical events that led to world war II and the division of Europe after the war, is an unfortunate attempt to falsify history and to question the very basis of modern international law. We strongly reject the idea of spheres of influence and insist on the equality of all Nations” – summed up their leaders.