TALLINN (QHA) -

Two Baltic countries - Latvia and Estonia - might claim restitution from Russia for damage during the Soviet occupation, according to the statement of the Ministers of Justice of the two countries. A joint statement by Dzintars Rasnačs and Urmas Reinsalu was published on August 21 at the website of the Estonian Ministry of Justice.

The statement refers to the need to preserve the memory of the victims and consequences of the Soviet regime, and also stresses the importance of exploring the possibility of demanding claims for damages to Russia as the legal successor to the USSR. The ministers discussed a plan of possible actions, including at the UN level. The authorities of both countries define occupation as the fact that the former Baltic republics were part of the USSR in 1940-1991.

Earlier it was reported that in the first quarter of 2018 the commodity turnover between Ukraine and Latvia had increased by 37%.

Previously, the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia urged Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov and other prisoners of the Kremlin.

QHA