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July 23, 1940

WELLES DECLARATION, DEPARTMENT OF STATE PRESS RELEASE, 'STATEMENT BY THE ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE, THE HONORABLE SUMNER WELLES'

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    Later referred to as the "Welles Declaration," this statement by acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles condemned the 1940 Soviet occupation of the Baltic states and set United States policy of refusing to recognize the new Soviet governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
    "Welles Declaration, Department of State Press Release, 'Statement by the Acting Secretary of State, the Honorable Sumner Welles'," July 23, 1940, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, NARA, RG 59, http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/144967
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