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    VILNIUS, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - The speaker of the Lithuanian parliament said Wednesday he would continue talks with Russia on compensation for what he termed the "Soviet occupation."

    "There are legal documents, our people's will that has been expressed at a referendum, and it should be fulfilled," Arturas Paulauskas told national radio. "I have been raising this issue during meetings with Russian officials and will continue doing so in the future."

    The alleged "occupation" has long marred relations between Russia, the legal successor to the Soviet Union, and the three Baltic States.

    In 2000, the Lithuanian parliament enacted a law demanding compensation for the damage caused by the "Soviet occupation." Parliament instructed the government to evaluate the damage, form a delegation for negotiations and approach Russia. Part of the work is now over, as a special committee determined that Russia should pay Lithuania more than $28 billion in compensation.

    Russia has consistently refused to pay any compensation.

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