2019.07.18 11:30

Vilnius celebrates 1940 Welles Declaration condemning Soviet annexation of Baltics

BNS2019.07.18 11:30

A traditional celebration is held in Vilnius on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the US Sumner Welles Declaration that condemned the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states.

The event in Vašingtono Aikštė (Washington Square) will start with the hoisting of the national flags, with the US and Lithuanian national anthems to be played by a Lithuanian military band.

The official ceremony will be followed by a concert and traditional American food will be served in the square.

On July 23, 1940, Acting US Secretary of State Sumner Welles issued a diplomatic statement refusing to recognize the annexation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by the Soviet Union. The document marked the beginning of the US policy of non-recognition of the occupation of the Baltic nations.

The event in Vilnius is being organized by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry and the US embassy.

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