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5.06.2005

The Russians Are Being Assholes Again

Mr. Bush's trip, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Russian defeat of Nazi Germany with more than 50 other world leaders in Red Square on Monday, has brought forth an angry exhuming of the arguments between Russia and Eastern Europe after World War II. The Baltic nations see the anniversary as the beginning of their unlawful annexation by the Soviet Union, and today they stepped up demands that the Russians apologize for five decades of occupation.

"Once would be enough," said President Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia at a news conference at Riga Castle today.The Russians have furiously responded that the three Baltic countries were allies and that the Russian military was invited to march in. "One cannot use the term 'occupation' to describe those historical events," Sergei Yastrzhembsky, the Russian ambassador to the European Union, said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday. "At that time, the troop deployment took place on an agreed basis and with the clearly expressed agreement of the existing authorities in the Baltic republics."

Ms. Vike-Freiberga, asked in an interview with ABC News today if the Russians were lying about their history in the Baltics, responded, "Through their teeth."

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