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  We suppressed the truth…

Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Member of the European Parliament
2010 12 22

As member of European Union Lithuania didn‘t have any objections concerning Russia‘s membership in the World Trade Organization. The EU supported the membership, Lithuania did the same. Though could have expressed certain wishes.

The world‘s greatest, though getting angry, would have heard about the billions of ruble savings of the Lithuanian (the current EU) citizens stolen at the beginning of 1990 by the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation. Then the ruble was not yet devalued. Russia doesn‘t want to hear about the return of bank deposits to their legitimate owners (probably it is treating this as a punishment for independence), whereas Lithuania paid substantial compensation for damages caused by the Russian banks. When Russia becomes a civilized state and returns deposits, the sum paid to citizens should come back to the state treasury. Since we are rich now, we support Russia and don‘t want to fuss about it.

We would have demonstrated to our allies the honesty of our banks (which carried off the money of trustful depositors) currently purchasing various European assets. But we saw already in wikileaks, that our respected allies Europeans are well aware of that.

It is interesting: will Georgia, the approval of which is also necessary for Russia, raise any issues? What state do we accept to WTO? The state which occupies the lands of WTO member? The state which robbed Georgia, took out the „trophies“ and destroyed lots of assets? The state which is not going to obey resolutions of UNO Security Council affirming the right of return of hundreds of thousands of expellees?

Without any doubt, Georgia would be hard pressed to submit and will get little support. The country could again be accused for attacking Moscow or bombing St.Petersburg and would face another „compulsion of Georgia to the peace“. Most likely it’ll not even try to defend its rights through WTO. The legislative power is still a fiction against the decayed pragmatism.

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