Latvia concerned about Russia’s changed position on WWII

Latvia is concerned about Russia’s changed perspective on historical events leading up to World War II, Latvian Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins said in an interview to Latvian Radio this morning.

As Russia’s neighbor country, Latvia must realize that history is one of the major elements determining today’s relations between the countries, but Latvia and Russia have differing interpretations of certain events in history, Riekstins said.

The ambassador noted that Russia’s changed position on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pack is worrisome – while until recently Russia’s generally denounced the pact, now it has made a 180 degree turn on the issue.

The Latvian diplomat assumes that this change of position might be prompted by Russia’s desire to restore its superpower status, which requires historic achievements, so Russia is trying to lessen its responsibility for starting World War II.

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