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Weiter: Window on Eurasia: Moscow Hardens Opposition to Recognition of Soviet Occupation of the Baltic CountriesStaunton, February 7 – Moscow is hardening its opposition to any acknowledgement that the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, a reflection of both its anger at Baltic opposition to Russian policies and its belief that it can succeed in getting the European Union in to put pressure on the three to be more cooperative on both pipelines and other matters.
Yesterday, Aleksandr Veshnyakov, Russia’s ambassador to Riga, acknowledged that “there are still many unresolved issues between Latvia and Russia concerning veterans of the war and the issue of the war, a resolution of which will not be simple or quick,” but he insisted that “Russia will not recognize the Soviet occupation of Latvia, however hard the Latvian side tries to insist on that.”
“There was no Soviet occupation in Latvia,” the diplomat continued; “there were other events which must be considered in context.” Unless that approach is taken, he suggested, issues like bilingualism in Latvia and a Latvian “black list” of Russian officials will cast a shadow on future relations and undercut some recent progress in bilateral ties.
Latvians should understand, he said, that it does not help them to present Russia as “an enemy” because “that Russia which exists now is open for cooperation and a life in peace and harmony.” And he expressed the hope that “Latvia will continue to support the introduction of a visa-free regime between the EU and Russia.”
Veshnyakov’s remarks have elicited hundreds of comments on the Delfi site both in Latvian and in Russian. Some have been supportive of the ambassador’s position, but most have suggested that he needs to study history rather than try to rewrite it to suit the current needs of his government.
Two weeks earlier, Sergey Rekeda, an RuBaltic correspondent, interviewed Aleksandr Sytin, a member of the Russian-Latvian Historical Commission. In presenting the interview, Rekeda noted that “of all the post-Soviet republics, the transition of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the West European model” may be considered “completed in an institutional sense.”