75th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration
On July 23rd, JBANC remembered the 75th anniversary of the Welles Declaration. It released a statement that day which was also distributed to Members of the United States Congress. Here is an excerpt:
"...For half a century, that U.S. policy of non-recognition of Soviet legitimacy over the Baltic countries was in place and served as a powerful message to the Kremlin that indiscriminate land grabs and disregard of international borders was illegal and reprehensible. It also stood as a shining light for the Baltic nations, as they struggled under the oppressive weight of foreign occupation and terror.
...We see that Moscow continues to obfuscate and fabricate lies in recognizing the facts of its take-over adn occupation of the Baltic countries in 1939-40. The white-washing must stop. We see a revanchist Russia, which has occupied and annexed Crimea, terrorizing the local population and native Tatar communities. We see Moscow’s direct ties as not just an accomplice but invader and aggressor in Ukraine’s Donbass, and its recent actions to further move and violate borders within Georgia’s sovereign territory.
The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC), representing Americans of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian heritage, expresses thanks to the United States government and all the other nations that also upheld the principles of international law and order in standing up for the Baltic countries. We also share our hope that Russia’s aggression and moves against its neighbors, particularly in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova, will be pushed back and righted."