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Latvian Foreign Ministry opposes demolishing monument to Liberator Soldier
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Monument to the Liberator Soldier in Riga is protrected by an international treaty concluded between Moscow and Riga. The document guarantees the memorial facilities safety, care and landscaping, RIA Novosti reports.
Latvian Foreign Ministry said that they are not going to violate it. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia recalled that for a quarter of a century the authorities of the Baltic republic retain their position unchanged: the monument is under the protection of the treaty.
If deputies of the Saeima decide to liquidate the monument, it can be realized only with the consent of Moscow.
As Russkiy Mir reported, Latvian Saeima supported the petition for the demolition of the monument. Parliament has launched a procedure for the preparation of the law. The petition, initiated by Latvian nationalists and previously published on one of the Latvian sites, collected over 10 thousand signatures and received the right to be considered by the Seimas. The authors of the petition consider the monument, perpetuating the memory of the fighters against fascism, a symbol of the Soviet past.
Now parliamentarians will begin work on a draft of the relevant law. It was not the first time when local nationalists raised the issue of the demolition of the monument, which perpetuates the memory of those who died, liberating Latvia from the fascists. But the decision was inhibited at the level of commissions and conclusions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.