Today, 18 June 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Estonia to account regarding a recent legal initiative in the State Duma to revoke the resolution adopted by the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Soviet Union on 24 December 1989 unanimously condemning the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols.
“We express our discontent at the legal initiative being considered in the State Duma,” said Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. “The international community has repeatedly condemned the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in the strongest terms. The pact and its secret protocols led directly to the cynical dividing of the world by two totalitarian regimes and paved the way for World War II, one of the most terrible chapters in our shared history.”
Minister Reinsalu added that the motion is particularly deplorable on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, when we specially commemorate all of the victims of the war.
“I hope that Russia does not proceed with a motion that is so disrespectful to the victims of these regimes,” he said.
Similar demarches took place in Latvia and Lithuania.
The draft bill in question was presented to the State Duma on 27 May. The Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma unanimously supported the draft bill on 9 June and submitted it for further consideration.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia