By K. Piirimäe

In 1940, the USSR occupied and annexed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, resulting in calls by means of many who the Soviets had violated overseas legislation. This booklet examines British, US, and Soviet guidelines towards the Baltic states, putting the real importance of the Baltic query in its right geopolitical context.

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On July 23, after the puppet-parliaments had decided to apply for membership in the Soviet Union, the Baltic ministers eventually handed in their notes of protest against the annexations. ” He referred to the elections that the Soviets had organized to give the Sovietization an appearance of spontaneity, and the following declarations by the new puppet-parliaments about the establishment of the Soviet order. 17 Considerations of a more practical nature seemed to support moral sentiments. The secretary of state pointed to the disadvantages of recognizing the Soviet conquest at a time when it was doubtful whether the Soviet acquisitions had any permanence and finality.

The search for allies resulted in the sending of Sir Stafford Cripps to Russia. 21 On May 15, Clement Attlee, the Labour leader in Churchill’s government, had suggested that a special mission be sent to Spain and to Russia. That the USSR was placed in the same category with Spain may have demonstrated the lack of confidence in the Soviet fighting capacity at the time. 22 The job fell on Stafford Cripps, a successful lawyer, parliamentarian, and son of Lord Parmoor (who had served in the first Labour government).

45 Quite possibly this position did not seem credible after 1943, when American policies had been set at building a long-term partnership with the present government in the Soviet Union. For the Estonian diplomats, Soviet occupation and annexation heralded a period of activity directed at defending the Baltic states’ right to self-determination. They had to fight against the Soviet pressure on Western governments to recognize the legality of the annexation, and to argue for their country’s independence.

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