2020.01.16 18:00

Lithuania and Poland to jointly counter Russia's attempts to ‘rewrite history’

BNS 2020.01.16 18:00

Lithuania and Poland are cooperating to counter Russia's attempts to “rewrite history” of World War Two, the two countries' foreign ministers said in Vilnius.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said on several occasions that Poland is responsible for the outbreak of World War Two.

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“We'll certainly not allow history to be falsified so easily,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said during a joint press conference on Thursday, adding that Polish and Lithuanian strategic communication departments were cooperating to counter “that lie”.

“We are working closely and efficiently on this. And we'll continue to do so,” he added.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said that Russia and Putin personally might start promoting “fake version of history” in the run-up to this is year's 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

“We have agreed that disinformation experts will discuss how we can resist these threats together,” he added.

New power in Moscow

Linkevičius and Czaputowicz also said that, regardless of who is in power in Moscow, Lithuania and Poland expect that Russia change its foreign policy.

The comments come as Russia is appointing a new prime minister following Dmitry Medvedev's resignation and considering constitutional reform.

“We expect that the values ​​Russia declares [...] – about respect for sovereignty, non-interfering in other countries' relations and the rule of law – will be respected in reality, regardless of changes in power,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevičius told reporters.

Lithuania is ready to cooperate with any Russian government, as long as it respects international rules and commitments.

“This is a key condition for the relationship to improve,” he said, adding that Vilnius–Moscow ties are not constructive at the moment, “something we can only regret”.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said the changes in Russia's government were an internal matter, but he hoped for Moscow to start respecting international law.

“We would like [Russia's position] to have more to do with respect for international law and its rhetoric to change,” he said.

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