Ambassadors of the three Baltic states have asked the German media to stop referring to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to as former Soviet republics.
Soviet star
© Corbis

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said the address had been inspired by the Soviet Legacy column on the German news portal ZEIT ONLINE. According to the ministry, the portal responded to the remark, pledging to stop using the concept that is inaccurate in the sense of international law.

In the letter to the Germany portal, the ambassadors of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia noted that the Baltic states did not join the Soviet union voluntarily but were occupied and annexed, while the majority of Western democracies, including Germany, never recognized the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states, said the ministry.

The letter also notes that the Baltic states did not create themselves from scratch in 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union but restored their independence that had been severed by the Soviet rule, thus declaring continuity of their statehood. Therefore, the Baltic states are not successors of the Soviet Union's statehood and rights, therefore, cannot be politically defined as former Soviet republics.

Subscribe to the Lithuania Tribune Private for 29 EUR with 60% discount

More than 140 thousand cast ballots in 4 days of early voting

Some 140,228 people, or 5.78 percent of all eligible voters , cast their ballots during four days of...

Some 700 WWII victims might be buried at Air Base in Siauliai

The remains of around 700 World War II victims might be buried in the territory of Lithuania's Air...

Customs officers block rocket launch system from Belarus

Lithuanian customs officers refused to allow a rocket launch system from Belarus to enter the...

Early voting continues, kicks off at embassies

Early voting in Lithuania's presidential runoff and European Parliament elections continues in...

Police busted armed gang of 22 persons in international operation

Lithuania's police said on Wednesday it was involved in an international operation which led to...