The Baltic ambassadors asked not to call their country the former Soviet republics
Moscow. September 9. INTERFAX.RU Heads of diplomatic missions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in Paris sent the French newspaper Le Monde letter of request in the future to call of their country in the issue of “former Soviet republics”.
“We would be very grateful if in your articles no longer used the term “former Soviet Republic”, as the above historical and internationally recognized facts would have been reported properly,” — said in a letter to ambassadors to the head of the editorial Board of Le Monde Luke Brennero.
Representatives of the three countries in his letter stated that “their nation in 1940 had not joined the Soviet Union voluntarily but were included by military annexation”. For this reason, said the Agency BNS with reference to the statement of the ambassadors, “a large part of the world, including France, has never recognized the annexation of the Baltic countries”. The diplomats also stressed that after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the region have not created new States, but the Baltic countries regained their independence.
The reason for the letter was published in Finland dedicated to the map where Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were listed as “former Soviet Republic”.