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Russia: Lithuanian demands 'groundless'
UPI ^ | Jan. 18, 2007

Posted on 01/22/2007 2:50:46 PM PST by lizol

Russia: Lithuanian demands 'groundless'

MOSCOW, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Russian leaders said Thursday that Lithuania has no chance of getting reparations for its years in the former Soviet Union.

The Lithuanian parliament passed a resolution this week asking for payment. Russian officials said the issue is "closed," the Novosti news agency reported.

"Our position is well known and has been stated repeatedly," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "The assertions about Lithuania's 'occupation' by the Soviet Union and the related claims ignore all legal, historical and political realities, and are therefore utterly groundless."

In 2000, Lithuanian legislators authorized a committee to determine how much Russia should pay. The panel calculated damages of $28 million.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: lithuania; russia

1 posted on 01/22/2007 2:50:47 PM PST by lizol
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2 posted on 01/22/2007 2:53:16 PM PST by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

That's about $9 per person for each Lithuanian.

Come on, Putin. Give them each a gift coupon to McDonalds. It's the least you can do for occupying their country for 50 years.


3 posted on 01/22/2007 2:59:35 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: lizol
"The assertions about Lithuania's 'occupation' by the Soviet Union and the related claims ignore all legal, historical and political realities, and are therefore utterly groundless."

Huh!!! Lithuania lost 780,000 of its citizens during Soviet occupation. The Soviet government killed or deported to Siberia 120,000 to 300,000 people. 28,000 to 35,000 prisoners were killed, or died of the hardships in the penal camps or gulags. 21,500 Lithuanians lost their lives in the fight against Soviet oppression. Another 5,000 civilians were executed. A great number of Lithuanians chose to go into exile.

I wouldn't think the Russians would fess up to this and try to make things right for their past attrocities. What do you expect for Godless athiests!

4 posted on 01/22/2007 3:01:10 PM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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To: rochester_veteran
Godless athiests!

Would this be considered a double negative or poor grammar?

5 posted on 01/22/2007 3:13:32 PM PST by zarf
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To: lizol

"Lithuania has no chance of getting reparations "

I dont think so - hey putie, keep "buying" western assets.


6 posted on 01/22/2007 3:18:11 PM PST by spanalot
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To: zarf
Godless athiests!

Would this be considered a double negative or poor grammar?

It's an oxymoron, like "Soviet economy" and "pure evil". :-)

7 posted on 01/22/2007 3:29:52 PM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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To: rochester_veteran

Or Russian democracy?


8 posted on 01/22/2007 3:34:44 PM PST by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol
Or Russian democracy?

LOL. I really wish it could be so. I worry about where Russia really stands. My Grandparents immigrated from Lithuania to the US. I hope Lithuania and the other Baltic States stay free and independent.


9 posted on 01/22/2007 3:58:34 PM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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To: lizol
Let the US build bases and missile protection in Lithuania. That should get Putin's attention!
10 posted on 01/22/2007 3:59:25 PM PST by Angelas
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To: rochester_veteran

Love the T Shirt and Labas!


11 posted on 01/22/2007 4:00:30 PM PST by Angelas
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To: Angelas

Lugan ping from Texas!


12 posted on 01/22/2007 4:22:47 PM PST by Grimas
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To: rochester_veteran

Russians are no more Soviets than Latvians, Jews or Ukrainians are.


13 posted on 01/22/2007 4:25:24 PM PST by A. Pole (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Grimas

Ping from Illinois...go Bears!


14 posted on 01/22/2007 4:30:58 PM PST by Angelas
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To: rochester_veteran
LOL. I really wish it could be so. I worry about where Russia really stands

Think Imperial Tsarist Russia and you will know where they stand.

Putin will be the next Tsar of Russia.

15 posted on 01/22/2007 7:12:25 PM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: Centurion2000
Think Imperial Tsarist Russia and you will know where they stand.

Putin will be the next Tsar of Russia.

...and history repeats itself. Do you really think that this is the case. I was thinking they were reverting back to Stalinistic communism, like the old days. Either way, I just want them to leave Lithuania and the Baltic States alone! Maybe Angelas' idea of US bases and missile protection will hold them at bay or just provide them the means and the training. Lithuanians are smart, determined and courageous people. Their nation is dwarfed by Russia though.

Labas to you and Angelas

16 posted on 01/23/2007 2:48:54 AM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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To: lizol
The assertions about Lithuania's 'occupation' by the Soviet Union and the related claims ignore all legal,..."

Like occupying a country was legal.

I used to think that Russia could be a civilized country relatively soon after the fall of Communism. I now see that it's going to take at least a century before Russia is sufficiently mature to be treated as anything more than the international version of a bully.

L

17 posted on 01/23/2007 2:56:45 AM PST by Lurker (Europeans killed 6 million Jews. As a reward they got 40 million Moslems. Karma's a bitch.)
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To: lizol

bttt


18 posted on 01/23/2007 6:00:19 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: rochester_veteran; GarySpFc
...and history repeats itself. Do you really think that this is the case. I was thinking they were reverting back to Stalinistic communism, like the old days.

Yes I do. To me, Russians are done with communism. Every russian I have ever met has told me that communism was a mistake.

I can't source them but I remember a news service quoting that Putin had a copy of the Imperial Crown made for himself. I've also heard that he might have some distant relation to the Romanovs but that might be just internet urban legends. Gary might be able to add to this.

19 posted on 01/23/2007 9:07:12 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: Centurion2000
Yes I do. To me, Russians are done with communism. Every russian I have ever met has told me that communism was a mistake.

Being an American, it's hard to understand why somebody would want to live in a dictatorship or even a monarchy. My Grandparents had it with living in Lithuania when it was under control of Tsarist Russia and came to the US for political and economic freedom. I hope that the Russians leave the Baltic States alone!

20 posted on 01/23/2007 9:54:56 AM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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I just wish the taxes weren't so high in NY, not sure I can afford to retire here! As it is I drive up to Ra-cha-cha from Cowhocton every day just to avoid the outlandish property taxes. Ask Lizol to get on the Eastern European ping list, I have to say they are light years ahead of the Euroweenies in the preservation of Freedom!
21 posted on 01/23/2007 11:42:11 AM PST by Camel Joe (liberal=socialist=royalist/imperialist pawn=enemy of Freedom)
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To: Camel Joe

Thanks for the invite to get on the ping list. I'll request it from Lizol. I just had that discussion with a work buddy about being able to afford to retire in NY because the taxes are so high. Look at what we're paying for gas compared to Ohio. There was a place in Akron, OH for $1.82. My wife is from Akron, so who know's we may have to head there to live when retirement comes.

Are you originally from Rachacha? I went to school at St. George's until it closed. I grew up in the old neighborhood and lived next to Pulaski Park for 6 years.There were a bunch of us Lithuanians living in that neighborhood! :-)


22 posted on 01/23/2007 12:06:49 PM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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To: rochester_veteran
My parents moved us to Naples back in 64 when I was only 4'ish so I can and can't say that I'm from there originally!
I did find some interesting history about St. Georges though at this link http://www.monroecc.edu/depts/sociology/pluralism/profile24a.htm
I personally don't like Bishop Clark as he seems to think he is immune to the dictates of the Papacy.
23 posted on 01/29/2007 12:39:14 PM PST by Camel Joe (liberal=socialist=royalist/imperialist pawn=enemy of Freedom)
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To: rochester_veteran

I gained a lot of respect for Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead for their support of the Lithuanian basketball team. I thought that was really cool what they did.


24 posted on 01/29/2007 12:41:32 PM PST by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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I gained a lot of respect for Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead for their support of the Lithuanian basketball team. I thought that was really cool what they did.

That was the '92 Olympics and Lithuania and the other Baltic States just gained their independence from the Soviet Union. The Lithuanians could shoot some hoop, but didn't have the money to even get the the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead heard about this, sponsored the team and provided those great uniforms! The Lithuanians went on to win the Bronze Medal. Romas Ubartas also won the Gold Medal in the discus.

26 posted on 01/30/2007 5:54:48 AM PST by rochester_veteran (born and raised in rachacha!)
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