Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda will call out Russia‘s attempts to “rewrite history” that downplays Soviet crimes at the upcoming EU summit, the presidential office said on Monday.
“It is necessary to direct allies’ and the international community’s attention to Russia’s attempts to systematically rewrite history to justify its policies towards neighbouring countries, question their statehood and divide the EU and NATO,” the presidential office said.
“The president plans to raise this issue at the European Council meeting on July 17–18,” the statement read.
The announcement came after the president-led State Defence Council (SDC) discussed Russia’s plans to rehabilitate the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a 1939 Soviet-German agreement that precipitated World War Two and the occupation of the Baltic states.
“Members of the SDC agreed that the future changes to the Russian Constitution and the voiced plans to officially rehabilitate the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols are raising major concerns,” the presidential office said.
The Baltic states strongly oppose the bill under consideration by the Russian parliament, aimed at annulling the 1989 decision by the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Soviet Union to deem the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact’s secret protocols as unfounded and invalid.
Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told journalists that the attempts to justify the Soviet–German pact is part of Russia’s ongoing propaganda campaign.
The Russian government has been falsely claiming in recent years that the occupation of the Baltic states during World War Two was lawful.