The President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Lithuania Gitanos Nausea and the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid condemned the occupation of their countries by the Soviet Union. The leaders of the Baltic States expressed in the published may 7 joint statement, timed to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second world war.
As stated in the statement of the three presidents after the war to replace the German totalitarian regime was the Soviet.
“The end of the Second world war did not bring freedom to the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe. Instead, the replacement of one totalitarian regime replaced another, when the Baltic countries were cynically included in the Soviet Union”, – said in a statement.
The presidents stressed that “the Soviet Union used military preponderance, indiscriminate repression, mass deportation and total ideological control for the subordination of the Baltic States”.
They also condemned the attempts of falsification of historical events.
“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. 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”, – said in a statement.
According to the Baltic leaders, a prerequisite to international security is “absolute respect for the territorial integrity of all sovereign States and their rights to choose their own security measures and to join unions and associations”.
In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, published on 7 March, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that “all totalitarian regimes end up the same”.
According to the results of a poll conducted by Fund “Democratic initiatives” name Ilka Kucheriv and the Kiev international Institute of sociology, 56% of Ukrainians agree with the statement that in the beginning of the Second world war in charge of the Soviet Union and Germany.