ⓘ Category:Diplomatic incidents

1938 Polish ultimatum to Lithuania

The 1938 Polish ultimatum to Lithuania was a demand delivered to Lithuania by Poland on March 17, 1938. The ultimatum was a result of tensions between Poland and Lithuania, mainly concerning the Vilnius Region. In 1920, Lithuania ended diplomatic relations with Poland due to the protest annexation of the Vilnius Region. In the years to come, intensifying pre-World War II tensions took over Europe causing Poland to secure its northern borders. On March 12, 1938, emboldened by international recognition of the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, Poland delivered an ultimatum requiring Lith ...

1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania

The 1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania was an oral ultimatum which Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany, presented to Juozas Urbsys, Foreign Minister of Lithuania on 20 March 1939. The Germans demanded that Lithuania give up the Klaipeda Region which had been detached from Germany after World War I, or the Wehrmacht would invade Lithuania. The Lithuanians had been expecting the demand after years of rising tension between Lithuania and Germany, increasing pro-Nazi propaganda in the region, and continued German expansion. It was issued just five days after the Nazi occup ...

1940 Soviet ultimatum to Lithuania

The Soviet Union issued an ultimatum to Lithuania before midnight of June 14, 1940. The Soviets, using a formal pretext, demanded to allow an unspecified number of Soviet soldiers to enter the Lithuanian territory and to form a new pro-Soviet government. The ultimatum and subsequent incorporation of Lithuania into the Soviet Union stemmed from the division of Eastern Europe into the German and Russian spheres of influence in the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of August 1939. Lithuania, along with Latvia and Estonia, fell into the Russian sphere. According to the Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistanc ...

1963 Moscow protest

On 18 December 1963 a number of students from Ghana and other African countries organized a protest on Moscows Red Square in response to the alleged murder of medical student Edmund Assare-Addo. The number of participants was reported at 500–700, but according to the Ghanaian physician Edward Na, who participated in the events, there were at most 150 protesters. The ambassador of Ghana in the Soviet Union John Banks Elliott requested a militsiya protection of the Ghanaian embassy. This was the first recorded political protest on Red Square since the late 1920s.

1964 Moscow protest

On 18 March 1964 approximately 50 Moroccan students broke into the embassy of Morocco in the Soviet Union in Moscow and staged an all‐day sit-in protesting against death sentences handed down by a Moroccan court in Rabat four days earlier. The death sentences concerned 11 people who allegedly attempted to assassinate Moroccan King Hassan II. Soviet authorities complied with the embassys request to ignore extraterritoriality and remove the students by force, but later ignored the Moroccan ambassadors demand to punish the students.

1973 raid on the Iraqi embassy in Pakistan

The 1973 discovery of arms in the Iraqi Embassy in Pakistan refers to an armed conflict between the State of Pakistan and the Iraqi Embassy situated in Islamabad. The conflict ended with a successful special military operation led by the Pakistan armys Special Service Group and the Pakistan Paramilitary Rangers. Following the incident, the Iraqi Ambassador and his staff were expelled from Pakistan as personae non gratae.