On 23 August 1989, more than a million Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians formed a 600-km human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius, holding hands for 15 minutes. The demonstration was timed to coincide with the . They joinly demanded recognition of the secret protocol in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, signed 50 years earlier, and the restoration of the independence of the Baltic States.
To this day, the Baltic Way remains one of the most remarkable examples of peaceful protest in history and united the three countries in their drive for freedom.
The Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania signed a joint statement to mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The statement aims to remember the victims of totalitarian regimes.