Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the United States have accused Russia of seeking to “rewrite history” to justify the annexation of the Baltic states in 1940.
The joint statement marks the 80th anniversary of the Welles Declaration, in which the US outlined its “non-recognition policy” of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic countries, Euronews report.
Estonia summoned Russia’s ambassador on Thursday to denounce “a series of fake posts” published on official social media accounts. “Russia is trying to give the impression that legitimacy can be born at the threat of a weapon, repression by mutual agreement – this is extremely cynical,” said Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu.
In the summer of 1940 Soviet forces occupied the Baltic states, after the USSR signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1939. The agreement carved Europe into “spheres of influence”, assigning the Baltic nations to the USSR.