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Eighty years from the beginning of mass deportations: the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia urge not to forget

2021-06-14

President Gitanas Nausėda together with President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Egils Levits of Latvia commemorated a painful event – today marks the eightieth anniversary from the 1941 mass deportations, organized by the Soviet Union in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

The Presidents of the Baltic states jointly addressed their nationals and international community urging not to forget the deportations by the Soviet Union that shook the world and crippled the fate of many generations. “Today we can observe a moment of silence to remember the victims.  But we also need to speak up. Events like the 14 June deportations happened for a reason.  They happened because two evil regimes – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Communist regime – had made a secret pact to carve up Europe.  With no regard for sovereignty, human rights and the rule of law, these two regimes caused untold misery and suffering,” the Presidents said. They reminded everyone that the consequences of the Soviet occupation were still felt today in the Baltic states, 30 years following the restoration of their independence.

In commemoration of the eightieth anniversary of mass deportations, the Presidents of the Baltic states stressed the significance of cooperation and unity in the EU and NATO as well as the importance of transatlantic relations.

The Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia pointed out to the international community threats posed by the growing spread of disinformation and revision of history that legitimized Russia’s aggressive actions violating the sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia.

The Presidents concluded their statement by quoting the late congressman Tom Lantos, who said, “The veneer of civilization is paper thin.  We are its guardians, and we can never rest.”

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.06.14 12:49

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