CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1996
Re "Baltics' NATO Dream May Be Too Elusive," Dec. 7: For hundreds of years the Baltic countries were at the boundary between the Western culture of Europe and the Russian counterpart. They have been independent countries and they have been occupied and they have shown armed rebellion against their tormentors. They have also made a decision and it is for the Western democracies and not the Eastern despotism. Now they are earnestly knocking at the door of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for admit- tance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1995
The small Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) will never feel safe alongside the arrogant giant Russia, until these countries become part of NATO. The article, "Russian Warnings Worry Neighbors" (April 21), clearly demonstrates the seriousness of the situation. When Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev states "use of armed forces should not be ruled out," an invasion by Russia is not only possible but quite probable. The Baltic countries need the backbone of NATO to discourage any adventurism by Russia.
March 14, 1995 |
In a whirlwind visit Monday to this Baltic coast capital, Vice President Al Gore sought to allay fears among Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians that they are being left out in the cold in their appeals to join NATO. In a speech on the central cobblestone square in Tallinn's medieval Old Town, Gore insisted that the United States will not turn its back on the fledgling Baltic countries that have long been overrun by foreign invaders.
October 27, 1991 |
American travelers to the newly independent Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia must now have visas for travel to each of those countries, rather than the Soviet visa that provided access before the countries became independent late this summer. Visas are free when obtained at the border of all three countries. But Latvia and Lithuania visas are also available for a fee at embassies in the United States. At the Latvian Embassy (4325 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
September 5, 1991 |
The United States and Estonia on Wednesday formally restored the diplomatic relations between the two countries that had been interrupted since 1940, when the Soviet army, occupying this tiny Baltic country, forced the American diplomats here to leave. "This is not a new country," Curtis Kamman, deputy assistant secretary of state, said after signing a document resuming relations.
September 4, 1991 |
As they did when they were free nations in the 1920s and 1930s, the once-again independent Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are reaching out to the West in a bid for foreign investment and trade.