September 13, 2004 |
Each day for 12 years, the rhythm of life in this village of scrap-metal lean-tos, plywood shacks and misery in North Ossetia has been the same. Those who have jobs in the nearest city hike up to the main road and flag down a passing car or, with luck, catch a bus. Later in the morning, the children set out for school, walking a mile and a half along roads that are often muddy or buried in snow. At 5 p.m. sharp, the water tap in the center of town opens up for precisely three hours.
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.
May 29, 2001 |
Don't look now, but NATO is invading. For the first time, NATO's Parliamentary Assembly has met on the territory of the former Soviet Union--in Vilnius, Lithuania--and the chief question before it is how the alliance should expand. It is a topic and setting that has ruffled feathers in Moscow, which remains adamant that there is no reason for the Atlantic alliance to keep getting bigger--and especially no reason that the former Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia should 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.