September 18, 2001 |
A military plane growls slowly across the evening sky. In its wake, six white parachutes bloom one by one against lilac-tinted clouds. Half a dozen observation boats bob on the lake below. The man in charge of preparing Latvia for NATO candidacy watches his special forces troops descend alongside U.S. training comrades. "We are on the right track," says Col. Raimonds Graube. "Our development is right. Our procedures are right."
June 10, 2001 |
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have made "good progress" toward qualifying for NATO membership, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday. In a meeting with his counterparts from the Nordic and Baltic nations, Rumsfeld said the United States favors adding members to the alliance when they are ready. At a news conference afterward, Rumsfeld did not define "ready" or say whether the Baltic countries would be invited to join.
February 19, 2001 |
Many people would be hard pressed to find this country on a map. Like its Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania pretty much dropped out of the news after its population and Parliament defied the Soviet army's tanks in 1991 and achieved independence.
January 5, 2001 |
Russia on Thursday sharply denied reports from Washington that its military forces have in recent years quietly transferred tactical nuclear weapons back into Moscow's westernmost outpost, on the Baltic Sea. "Dishonest sources of information" and "various secret intelligence services" are behind the reports that Moscow has moved short-range weapons to the enclave of Kaliningrad, said Capt. Anatoly Lobsky, head of the press center of the Russian Baltic Fleet.
January 4, 1998 |
For more than two years, Juozas Grabauskas has lived quietly in a 10th-floor, Soviet-style apartment here. His neighbors say he told them that he once lived in America. He never mentioned, however, that his U.S. citizenship was revoked because he lied about his Nazi past. Grabauskas kept quiet about a U.S. judge's finding that he was an officer with an infamous Lithuanian battalion that killed more than 10,000 Jews during World War II.
July 19, 1997 |
Like the unlucky loser in a beauty pageant, this Baltic republic--excluded from the first round of NATO expansion--has won the consolation prize of promised talks on joining the European Union. The announcement that Estonia, together with four other East European nations plus Cyprus, was being marked for early membership in the world's most powerful economic bloc is being seen here as the best thing to happen to this country since it won independence from Moscow in 1991.