Russia Questions the Legality of Independence in the Baltic States.

Russia ‘reviewing’ legality of Baltic states independence

June 30, 2015 Via AFP and Yahoo News

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is not too happy about Russia’s arrogance. [Photo Credit: Unknown]

(What about reviewing the legality of occupying a country without the consent of the population? Besides, do Russian courts have jurisdiction over the Baltics? I think not. – LS)

Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Prosecutor General is reviewing the legality of the independence of the three Baltic countries from the Soviet Union, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The move drew a furious reaction from Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite, who said, “No one has the right to threaten” our independence.

Two lawmakers from the majority United Russia party argued in their appeal to prosecutors that decisions by the State Council of the Soviet Union, which granted independence to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were illegal.

The lawmakers claimed that the decisions “brought great harm” to the country and should therefore be qualified as “state treason”, according to the appeal which is now under review.

The Prosecutor General’s office is “reviewing the request by lawmakers in accordance with Russian law,” a spokesman told AFP.

Lithuania was the first of three countries to declare independence in 1990, followed by Estonia and Latvia in rapid succession. The State Council, which was chaired by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, recognised their independence in 1991 in its inaugural session.

Lithuanian leaders reacted angrily to the review. “Our independence was gained through the blood and sacrifice of the Lithuanian people,” Grybauskaite said in a statement.

“I hope this meaningless action will be stopped,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told AFP, calling the move a “provocation”.

Asked about the lawmakers’ initiative, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists he had “not heard about such a request”, adding that Moscow has diplomatic relations and state agreements with the Baltic countries.

Russia has seen a number of bills calling historical facts into question.

Last year a group of lawmakers asked prosecutors to look into decisions taken by Gorbachev that led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Explore posts in the same categories: Russia Sucks


You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

One Comment on “Russia Questions the Legality of Independence in the Baltic States.”

  1. Reblogged this on boudicabpi2015 and commented:
    Russia Questions the Legality of Independence in the Baltic States.

Leave a Reply to boudicabpi2015 Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s