The world has not learnt the historical lesson from the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday.
V. Molotov and J. von Ribbentrop

"This is not just another historical document. It is highly relevant in the present-day context, because we see efforts to redivide the world, to redraw Europe's borders, armed aggression is taking place, countries are being occupied, annexed -- in fact, this a historical lesson that has not been learnt," he told reporters.

Lithuania on Tuesday received scanned copies of the Soviet-Nazi pact, a protocol and a map with signatures from the Political Archive of the German Foreign Ministry.

Under the pact, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany divided the Baltic countries and Poland into spheres of influence on the eve of World War II, during which Lithuania was occupied.

The copies are planned to be put on display as part of an exhibition on the Lithuanian diplomatic service between 1918 and 2018 to be opened at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas next year.

Linkevicius said that talks were also ongoing with Germany on another historical document of major significance to Lithuania -- a copy of Lithuania's Act of Independence of Feb. 16, 1918 that was found this year in Berlin's archive.

"I hope that what we all expect to happen will happen, but let's not rush the events," he said.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

L. Linkevičius on events in Ukraine: the Normandy Four is practically non-functioning

The Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs says that the Normandy Four, which was assembled to resolve...

Lithuania considers tightening Polish pork imports amid disagreements

Lithuania considers tightening Polish pork imports in response to the neighboring country's recent ban...

Baltic PMs meet on closer cooperation, security

The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met here on Monday on closer cooperation and...

European Commission's proposal on direct payments to Lithuanian farmers "unacceptable": President Grybauskaitė

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Monday the European Commission 's proposals on...

Ukrainian, Lithuanian presidents meet on cooperation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė met on...