As Vladimir Putin wants to resurrect the Soviet Empire, Russia is possibly creating a pretext for reining in the Baltic states via invasion.
The Russian chief prosecutor’s office is to examine whether the Soviet Union acted legally when it recognised the Baltic states’ independence in 1991.
The investigation was described as an “absurd provocation” by Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were occupied by Soviet communist forces in 1940. The USSR broke up in 1991.
Last week Russia’s chief prosecutor declared illegal the transfer of Crimea from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.
At the time Russia and Ukraine were republics of the USSR, under communist leader Nikita Khrushchev.
In their letter, MPs Yevgeny Fyodorov and Anton Romanov, of President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, said the 1991 decision to recognise Baltic independence had been taken “by an unconstitutional body”.
The three Baltic states joined the EU and Nato in 2004. In recent years Russia has viewed that as a hostile challenge to its security interests.
Full article: Russia examines 1991 recognition of Baltic independence (BBC)