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Lithuanian Foreign Ministry shuns comparisons between Baltic secession from USSR and Catalan independence

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AFP/„Scanpix“ nuotr. / On September 11, residents of Catalonia formed a huge human chain stretching 400km by the Mediterranean Sea, demanding independence from Spain.
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Comparing the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states with the situation in Spain is incorrect, as Spain is capable of solving all domestic problems by democratic and legal instruments, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry believes.

On Sunday, the ministry expressed concern over the biased and misleading interpretation of the Lithuanian stance on the Catalonian issue in the Spanish press.

"We take pride in the road that the people of Lithuania walked to achieve independence. It also goes for the unique Baltic Way that united the three Baltic nations striving to liberate themselves from the occupation by the Soviet Union. We emphasize that comparing Soviet occupation of the Baltic states with the situation in Spain is incorrect," the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

According to the statement, Spain is a democratic country and a member of the European Union (EU), also a close Lithuanian ally in the EU and NATO.

"We are convinced that Spain is capable of solving all domestic problems by way of democratic and legal instruments in line with its Constitution," the ministry said.

According to the press release, Lithuania supports bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Spain, therefore, expects that "the biased publications will not have an impact on mutual understanding between the two countries."

On September 11, residents of Catalonia, a region in Spain, formed a huge human chain stretching 400km by the Mediterranean Sea, demanding independence from Spain. The campaign involved more than 1 million people. Organizers say it was inspired by the 1989 Baltic Way when millions of people of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia held hands to commemorate an anniversary of the Soviet-Nazi pact that led to their occupation.

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