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Kremlin doesn’t see any point of the initiative to examine legitimacy of Baltic independence

BC, Moscow, 02.07.2015.Print version
The Kremlin does not understand the point of the initiative submitted to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office to examine the legitimacy of the independence of the Baltic states, Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitri Peskov said on July 1st 2015, reports ITAR-TASS/LETA.

''The Kremlin has not acquainted itself with this initiative, and I, honestly speaking, have trouble understanding the essence of this initiative,'' said Peskov after being asked to comment on this matter.


Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told members of the press in Vienna on Tuesday that he does not know anything about this initiative. ''I have not heard anything about this. All I know is that we have diplomatic relations with the Baltics and cross-border agreements with them,'' Lavrov said.


As reported, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office has accepted a petition from two Russian lawmakers, asking for the legitimacy of the Baltics' independence be evaluated.


As informed persons told the Interfax news agency, the decision on this matter could be ''analogue to a similar ruling on Crimea''.


LETA also reported, Russian Duma members Evgeny Fedorov and Anton Roman from the ruling United Russia party have turned to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a request to assess the legitimacy of the State Council of the USSR's decision to recognize the independence of the Baltic States in 1991.


The lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party believe that the State Council was an unconstitutional authority, and its decisions caused ''great damage to the sovereignty, security and defense capability of the country''.


The State Council of the USSR was created in 1991, and during its first meeting recognized the independence of the three Baltic States.


In the letter, the Russian MPs claim that the State Council was an illegitimate authority.


The MPs go on to say that they interpret these decisions as ''criminal acts and especially dangerous crimes against the state'', and that they should be classified as treason.

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