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Baltic Presidents: attempts to misrepresent the events of WWII are attempts to undermine Europe

07.05.2020

„We underline the importance of truth and justice. Misrepresentation of historical events that led to World War II and the division of Europe in the aftermath of the war constitute a regrettable effort to falsify history and question the very foundation of the contemporary international rules-based order,“ states the joint declaration of the Presidents of the Baltic states.

Tomorrow marks the passing of 75 years of the end of the II World War. In the joint statement President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and the President of Latvia Egils Levits honour the sacrifice of all victims and the Allied soldiers who defeated the Nazi regime on 8 May 1945, thus liberating many European countries from occupation and ending the horrors of the Holocaust.

The Baltic Heads of State recall that the end of World War II does not mark freedom to the nations of Central and Eastern Europe.  Instead, one totalitarian regime was replaced by another when the Baltic states were brutally incorporated into the Soviet Union.

„The central and eastern part of the continent remained under the rule of communist regimes for almost half a century. The Soviet Union used overwhelming military force, indiscriminate repression, mass deportations and total ideological control to subjugate the Baltic nations,“ the joint statement says, also thanking those more than 60 Western countries, who never recognized the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia de jure.

Today, our nations are an integral part of the European Union and NATO. However, one cannot forget the tragic lessons of the past.  “We firmly reject the concept of spheres of influence and insist on the equality of all nations.  The imperative of international security requires continuous adherence to international law and agreed on norms, as well as unconditional respect for the territorial integrity of all sovereign states and their right to choose their own security arrangements and enter into unions and alliances,” the joint declaration states.

“NATO remains the foundation of the collective defence of our countries and the Transatlantic link is of vital importance for the future security and stability of Europe. We believe that the Western democratic values and unity will ensure the future of the Baltic states and every European nation,” the Presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stated.

The full statement can be found here: https://www.president.ee/en/meedia/statements/15966-statement-of-the-presidents-of-the-baltic-states-on-8-may-2020/index.html

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