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Lithuania will not be able to broach the subject of compensation for the Soviet Union’s occupation with Russia until there is a common understanding of what happened in the country, the foreign minister said.

Competing versions of history make the prospect of talks about compensation “ridiculous,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis said after a meeting with his counterpart Sergej Lavrov.  Azubalis and his government have been criticized in the past for not taking the issue of compensation for the Soviet occupation of Lithuania seriously enough.

“History can not agree on a common language and any compensation sounds ridiculous and unrealistic,” Interfax quoted Azubalis as saying in Moscow.

Journalists told the minister that his country had released figures that the country was expecting 80 billion litas (23 billion euros) in compensation, but he denied having any knowledge of this.

Lavrov said he disagreed with the use of the word “occupation.” In response, Azubalis said they hoped that historians could agree on the issue one day, citing the ongoing work of the joint commission working between the countries to establish facts around the issue.

The issue has been a bone of contention between the two countries for years with Lithuania continually looking for recognition of the damages it sustained.