From Mr Christopher Beazley.

Sir, The invasion and occupation of the Baltic states and Poland by the Soviet Union was the result of Stalin’s infamous pact with Hitler.

The executions and mass deportations inflicted on Latvia and its neighbours have never been fully acknowledged for the diplomatic convenience of not antagonising the Soviet Union and its successor state the Russian Federation.

The forced immigration of large numbers of Russian speakers was part of Stalin’s strategy to expunge the freedom of the Baltic states for ever. All Latvian residents have the right to full citizenship and the accompanying political rights. Those whose antecedents were not Latvian citizens before the Soviet invasion are required to apply for naturalisation and to show at least modest proficiency in the language of the country.

Any analysis, such as Mark Begg’s letter (September 28), which overlooks central Europe’s tragic history, is by definition misleading.

Christopher Beazley, Chichester, W Sussex, UK (Chairman, European Parliament Baltic Europe Intergroup, 2004-09)

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