July 17, 1988 |
Authorities in Soviet Lithuania have announced they will grant official status to the banned scarlet, green and yellow flag that flew over the Baltic state before its incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1940. The announcement by Lithuanian Communist Party Secretary Algirdas Brazauskas at a mass meeting in Vilnius on July 9 was met with an ovation and the singing of the Lithuanian national anthem, the republic's party newspaper Sovetskaya Litva said.
February 9, 1993
Lithuanians are to cast their ballots Sunday in a photo-finish race for the post-Soviet presidency of the Baltic country of 3.7 million. Although the two candidates' programs are largely the same--promoting a continued transition to a market-driven economy and friendly foreign relations--their backgrounds could not be more different.
January 27, 1994 |
NATO enrolled Romania on Wednesday as the first nation in its new program offering cooperation to former Warsaw Pact foes while denying them full membership in the military alliance. Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu signed the document during a meeting with ambassadors of the 16 nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
August 23, 1994
In Lithuania--where inflation was upward of 1,100% in 1992 and 188% in 1993--voters will cast ballots Saturday in a national referendum on requiring the government to multiply citizens' savings 100-fold. The referendum has Western economists gasping in horror.
January 18, 1998 |
Leaders of the three Baltic nations signed a partnership agreement with the United States on Friday, a step President Clinton said could one day open the door to membership in NATO and the European Union. Presidents Lennart Meri of Estonia, Guntis Ulmanis of Latvia and Algirdas Brazauskas of Lithuania joined Clinton to sign the U.S.-Baltic Charter of Partnership, a declaration of U.S. support for eventual membership in the transatlantic community.
December 26, 1989 |
The Communist Party Central Committee today directed Mikhail S. Gorbachev and other top party officials to travel to Lithuania to try to heal the break with that independent-minded Baltic republic's party. Gorbachev on Monday bitterly criticized Lithuanian Communists for their declaration of an independent party--the first crack in the unity forged by V. I. Lenin before the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.
January 15, 1990 |
Lithuania's Communist Party chief was overwhelmingly elected the republic's president today in a clear endorsement of his defiant stand toward Moscow and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Algirdas Brazauskas was elected 228 to 4, with 19 abstentions, by the republic's Supreme Soviet legislature, Tass press agency reported.
March 26, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev indicated today the Soviet Union might be prepared to use force in breakaway Lithuania if lives are threatened, but stressed his commitment to a peaceful solution, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said. Kennedy told correspondents after a meeting with Gorbachev that the Kremlin leader had spent most of their 90-minute session discussing Lithuania, which declared its independence March 11.
March 8, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has told Lithuania that if it chooses independence, it will have to conduct its trade with the Soviet Union in precious hard currency, the republic's president said Wednesday. Algirdas Brazauskas, head of the Baltic republic's Parliament, said it is clear that secession from the Soviet Union would greatly strain Lithuania's fragile economy.