(Tallinn, Stenbock House, 23 July 2010)
Today the prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania sent US President Barack Obama a joint letter expressing their gratitude to the USA for its policy of non-recognition of the incorporation of the Baltic States in the USSR. The policy commenced exactly seventy years ago.
The letter – signed by Andrus Ansip (Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia), Valdis Dombrovskis (Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia) and Andrius Kubilius (Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania) – states that the restoration of the independence of the Baltic States at the end of the last century became possible due to the principled foreign policy of the United States of America.
“On July 23, 1940, the acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles began a long-lasting non-recognition policy of illegal Soviet occupation and annexation which enabled the diplomatic representations of the Baltic States to continue working and gave their people strength and hope to go on campaigning for their freedom,” the letter states.
“We, the prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the American people for their courageous and highly moral action and congratulate you, Mr. President, on this anniversary of the successful foreign policy that has made the United States of America a beacon of freedom for all oppressed nations and aspiring democracies.”
Baltic prime ministers send letter of gratitude to Barack Obama for US policy of non-recognition