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Jun 14, 2022
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Russia threatens to withdraw recognition of independence of three countries

Last Wednesday, Russian State Duma deputy Yevgeny Fedorov submitted to the Russian parliament a draft law on the abolition of the USSR State Council resolution “On Recognizing the Independence of the Republic of Lithuania.” This news immediately spread across all agencies and Telegram channels and caused a lot of discussion.

Some, like the commander of the Lithuanian armed forces, Valdemaras Rupshis, called such a bill “complete nonsense.” Although he did not rule out that something like this could be adopted, and this “is a sign of the negative attitude of the majority of Russians towards the Western world.” Others, for example, ordinary residents of Latvia and Estonia, began to ask: “Why is only the independence of Lithuania disputed?”

A Sputnik Latvia correspondent turned directly to the author of the bill, Yevgeny Fedorov, to explain what is meant by the abolition of the State Council resolution and why it is only about Lithuania.

“We just started with Lithuania. And it is clear why – Lithuania is more dangerous for the Russian Federation in terms of the situation related to the Kaliningrad region and in the confrontation with NATO and the United States. Therefore, now Lithuania is more important, but this does not mean that we will stop at it, ”the politician explained.

According to Yevgeny Fedorov, it is on the example of Lithuania that the 1990 law “On the procedure for resolving issues related to the withdrawal of a union republic from the USSR” works best, because “there is a specific territorial problem with Lithuania.”

“These are Vilnius, Klaipeda and the Ignalina NPP. The law prescribes a special procedure for the withdrawal of these territories from the USSR, ”says the politician. He also emphasizes that Lithuania is also “NATO’s gateway to the Baltics.”

“There are a number of arguments due to which Lithuania should be first on this list. And after the mechanism is worked out, we will work it out in other NATO territories, – he continues. And not only NATO. Here, Ukraine, for example, also illegally left the USSR.”

Yevgeny Fedorov stipulates that he does not set the task of taking the territories. The goal is to eliminate threats.

“We have the right, as the legal successor of the Soviet Union, to define them as conflicting, controversial. This does not apply to all areas. If the countries do not pose a threat, then we will not change anything with them – there will still be peace and friendship,” the deputy says.

But Latvia and Lithuania are waiting for the same procedures to cancel the decision of the State Council of the USSR, the politician claims.

“The Commander-in-Chief determined that our “red lines” run along the 1997 NATO borders. This means that we need, at a minimum, to push NATO beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union. NATO officially calls Russia its enemy, respectively, we must negotiate with the alliance, as Vladimir Vladimirovich said, on the principles of equal indivisible security,” the parliamentarian explains.

And it is the abolition of all illegal decisions on the Baltic countries in 1990 and 1991 that can change the course of history. Perhaps the scenario of the Caribbean crisis will repeat itself, the deputy believes. And as a result, NATO will decide to return to the 1997 borders.

“For this, there must be documents, legal grounds. For example, in the NATO Charter there is paragraph 6, according to which disputed territories cannot be part of the alliance. As soon as the territories of the Baltic states are recognized as disputed, this will become the basis for the exclusion of the Baltic states from NATO. That is, it will turn out that when these countries were admitted to NATO, the principle of disputed territories was violated, but information about this has only just been revealed. Lawyers call it – in connection with newly discovered circumstances, ”the deputy explains.

Yevgeny Fedorov says that today’s world order is built on the results of World War II. Precisely because after the collapse of the USSR there was a redistribution of territories, for 30 years there were many military conflicts in the countries of the former Soviet Union. And they will not end until “until we return to the legal field, since the territory of the USSR itself was fragmented in 1991 illegally.”

Russia should provide NATO with a legitimate reason to get rid of the disputed territories, the State Duma deputy believes. Otherwise, the world can expect a revision of the results of the Second World War, which means that “then the Third World War will begin.”

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