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August 22, 2014

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500
 
Dear Mr. President:
 
On August 23, citizens of the Baltic countries, as well as Balts and their supporters throughout the world, will again join hands to commemorate the 25th anniversary of “The Baltic Way” ‐ the peaceful protest for freedom from the Soviet Union that united the people of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. That day in 1989, people literally linked together in the shared hope that the era of Soviet oppression initiated by the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact would end. It has now been 75 years since that infamous day when Soviets and Nazis collaborated to divide Europe.
 
Today sovereignty for the independent nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Ukraine, is unfortunately once again jeopardized by the aggressive actions of a resurgent, militarized Russia.
 
The Baltic countries urgently need the support of their allies. Therefore, we applaud your decision to visit Estonia in September to meet with Baltic leaders as a precursor to the NATO meeting in Europe. Russia needs a strong signal that the US and NATO have taken an unwavering stand in condemning Russia’s action in Ukraine, and firmly support the inviolable sovereignty of the three Baltic countries.
 
As the voice of the Latvian‐Americans residing in this country, we urge that the United States along with NATO allies commit to a permanent NATO military presence in the Baltic states in the form of an active and visible NATO troop presence.
 
We ask that you continue the escalation of sanctions against Russia for any further transgressions violating the borders and sovereignty of Ukraine. It is important that the United States does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, in much the way the U.S. did not recognize the Soviet's annexation of the Baltics. We also strongly condemn the pending sale by France of Mistral ships to Russia. We ask that the US prevail in requesting that the sale to Russia be cancelled, and assumed by NATO.
 
History has shown that treaties and diplomacy, as honored by the Western world, are scorned, warped and adjusted by Russia for the purpose of self‐gain. We, therefore, commend the United States’ position and ask that the US continue its course of bolstering the Baltic countries against the aggressions of a Russia that seems intent on rolling back the world order to the days of the Molotov‐Ribbentrop pact.
 
 
Respectfully,
 
Anita Batarags
President, American Latvian Association in the United States, Inc.