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Week in Lithuania. Lithuania obtains copies of 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact from Germany

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUGermany has given Lithuania copies of a 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact that divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday, August 23.

Lithuania received scanned copies of the pact, a protocol and a map with signatures from the Political Archive of the German Foreign Ministry.

«We are well aware of the contents of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, but it the first time that the German Foreign Ministry has given us scanned versions of the secret protocols and the map,» Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in a press release.

The minister expressed hope that «other countries will follow the example of Germany and open up their archives to Lithuanian historians».

The copies are planned to be put on display as part of an exhibition on the Lithuanian diplomatic service between 1918 and 2018 to be opened at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas next year.

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