Baltic countries will demand satisfaction from Russia

The Ministers of Justice of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have signed in Riga a Memorandum of Cooperation, which coordinates their actions to demand from Russia the compensation of damages caused during the Soviet occupation.

6 November 2015 12:00

According to Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice of Estonia, the Russian Federation is the successor of the Soviet Union, which occupied the Baltic states, err.ee reports. 

Under the international law and in such circumstances, both compensation of material damage and satisfaction can be demanded. 

The first step that should be taken is the unification of methodology for assessing the damage. Then we will jointly lay down a claim for damages and coordinate legal actions in compliance with the international law, Urmas Rainsalu claimed. 

He also emphasized that none of the Baltic States has refused and is intended to abandon this legal requirement. 

In Estonia, the damage caused by the occupation was estimated by the Commission on Investigation of Repressive Policy of Occupation Regime, which completed its work in 2004.


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