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Russian politicians call to assess the legitimacy of Baltic States’ independence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussian Prosecutor General’s Office has responded to a request by Russian politicians to assess the legitimacy of independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

As Interfax was told by informed persons, this decision will likely become «analogous to a similar matter regarding Crimea.

The Prosecutor General’s Office accepted the application submitted by State Duma deputies Yevgeny Fedorov and Anton Romanov regarding the request to assess whether or not the formation of State Council in Baltic States in 1991 was legitimate.

Legislators from United Russia party believe the State Council was an unconstitutional institution and that decisions made by this body «had damaged the country’s sovereignty, security and defence capabilities».

USSR State Council, whose decisions carried compulsory character, was founded in September 1991 following the Law on USSR State Power and Administration Bodies During the Transitional Period. During its first meeting, the State Council made the decision to recognize the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

As mentioned in the deputies’ request, the State Council was allegedly formed without prior admission of appropriate amendments to the Constitution of USSR. Decisions made by the State Council had allegedly done «enormous harm to the country’s sovereignty, security, defence capabilities and only served to activate mechanisms to split the once united country». Its decisions «served to take away strategically important territories of USSR, loss of ports and aquatic region, caused serious harm to the country’s unified security space and interfered with economic ties with Baltic republics».

Deputies believe these decisions were ‘criminal acts’ and ‘especially dangerous state crimes’ that should be considered homeland betrayal.

Deputies of Russian State Duma had also previously asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to assess the legality of handing over of Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. They believe this decision did not comply with the Constitution of USSR as well.

On top of that, the State Duma’s Foreign Committee is currently working on a document in which it is planned to condemn the ‘annexation of the German Democratic Republic by German Federal Republic in 1989’.


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  1. Andris Banders says:

    I want to see how the West responds to this. It looks like a strategy to build support inside Russia for a move against the Baltics OR it looks like Prosecutor General’s Office has stopped taking medication.

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    • Linda says:

      I agree with your comment re strategy. Although the Prosecutor General looks like he has depleted several bottles of spirits … when are people going to say NO! to Putin’s mad demands.

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