The Lithuanian foreign Ministry summoned the representative of the Russian Embassy
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned on Thursday the representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in addressing the State Duma the bill which withdraws the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols, according to the website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
Earlier the Deputy of the state Duma Alexei Zhuravlev introduced in the lower house a bill which proposed to annul the decision of the Council of people's deputies of December 24, 1989, condemning the signing of the Soviet-German non-aggression Pact of 1939. According to the Deputy, the decision "inconsistent with the principles of historical justice and customary in the context of growing political instability of those years, coupled with pressure from external forces." The Duma initiative was supported by 38 scientists, public figures and officers, have sent an open letter Zhuravlev and house speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.
"The eighteenth of June, the Minister-counselor of the Embassy was summoned to the Lithuanian foreign Ministry, where Deputy Minister Dalius čekuolis, apparently, claiming a new interpretation of the well known historical events that preceded the outbreak of the Second world war, in a cautionary vein, presented the point of view of his country about the "Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact", and also about the situation with the assessment of the Vilnius discussions in the State Duma of the bill on invalidation on the territory of Russia of the resolution of the Congress of people's deputies of the USSR from 1989, "On the political and legal assessment of the Soviet-German non-aggression Pact of 1939", - stated in the message.
The Embassy noted that "the numerous visits of the Lithuanian side with accusations of Russia's "historical revisionism" in the "occupation" of the Soviet Union, Lithuania and so on was given to the Russian diplomat. "They expressed astonishment at the exaggerated selectivity of the Lithuanian approaches to assess the historical events of the time that pushed the Soviet Union towards the conclusion of the Soviet-German non-aggression Pact. Stressed the need to end the Lithuanian party's aggressive rhetoric against Russia, a more balanced and impartial attitude on the part of the Vilnius to joint past and present," said the Embassy.
As noted by the Sputnik Agency Lithuania, Ministry of foreign Affairs of Lithuania expressed the Russian diplomat in connection with the bill Zhuravleva "deep concern". "Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs Dalius čekuolis noticed that the collusion of two dictators who are trying to rehabilitate, has been repeatedly condemned by not only the international community but Russia itself. He also expressed hope that the Duma will have enough wisdom to reject a project that returns today's Russia into the totalitarian past", - quotes the message of the Lithuanian Sputnik Agency.
The Seimas of Lithuania, in turn, has accused the State Duma of the Russian Federation in an attempt to "violate international law" and constituted an appropriate resolution after the international Affairs Committee of the state Duma has asked other committees to submit proposals for legislation initiated by Zhuravlev, puts Sputnik.
The non-aggression Pact between the USSR and Germany known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed in Moscow on 23 August 1939. The Pact was signed by foreign Minister of Soviet Union Vyacheslav Molotov and Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Joachim von Ribbentrop. The Pact was supplemented with secret additional Protocol, which determined the distinction between Soviet and German spheres of influence in Eastern Europe in the event of "territorial rearrangement".
Half a century later, on 24 December 1989 the Congress of people's deputies of the USSR, at that time the highest authority in the Soviet Union, adopted a resolution "On political and legal assessment of the Soviet-German non-aggression Pact of 1939", officially condemning the secret protocols as "an act of personal power," does not reflect "the will of the Soviet people, who are not responsible for this conspiracy." It was stressed that "negotiations with Germany in the secret Protocol was conducted by Stalin and Molotov secretly from the Soviet people, the CPSU(b), and the whole party, the Supreme Council and the government of the USSR. In September, 2019 on the page of the foreign Ministry in Twitter message was posted, "thanks to the Soviet-German non-aggression Pact, the war began on a strategically more advantageous to the USSR borders, the population of these territories was subjected to Nazi terror two years later, was saved hundreds of thousands of lives."