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March 26, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS and ESTHER SCHRADER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Communist Party in the Soviet Baltic republic of Estonia, following the lead of neighboring Lithuania, voted Sunday to break with the Soviet Communist Party and work for the state's full independence. The Estonian Communists voted 432 to 3 to proclaim their independence from the Soviet party at a special congress in Tallinn, the republic's capital, but party officials said that more than 230 delegates, most of them Russians, did not take part in the vote.
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October 26, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alwils Barowskis is racing against time. Very shortly, he expects the Latvian government to shut down most existing free trade between Latvia and its former parent, the Soviet Union. That means the imposition of duties and import licensing rules. And that, in turn, could dry up the flow of Soviet steel and aluminum that Barowskis has been frantically buying.
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SPORTS
September 14, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The newly independent Baltic republics of Latvia and Estonia on Friday rejected an invitation to join a Soviet team for next year's Olympics, a Soviet wire service reported. Ulyana Semyonova, vice president of Latvia's Olympic Committee, said the republic would "by no means" accept an appeal from Soviet sports officials to form a united team for the Albertville and Barcelona Games. "We have become a separate state and we have nothing to do with the U.S.S.R.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rocky harbor at one end of this tiny community is showing signs of life. Men walk their children carefully over the stone jetty, fishing rods and plastic buckets slung over their shoulders. The only reminders of its recent history are the cut ends of rusted barbed wire lying uselessly in the sand, where for more than 40 years they kept the residents from setting their boats in the sea.
NEWS
September 7, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was their country's first free day in half a century, and the 11th- and 12th-grade Estonian history classes at Tallinn Secondary School No. 1 took a break from their planned lessons Friday to discuss their tiny Baltic country's independence from the Soviet Union. "We were so determined that our little nation would not be destroyed by the Russians that we became like one person," said Heiti Valguee, a bright-eyed 11th-grader. "We held on to each other.
NEWS
May 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Lithuania said Friday that it is stepping up efforts to break a Kremlin oil blockade, preparing its port to receive foreign tankers and for the first time exploiting its own oil reserves. Oil Minister Leonas Asmantas said talks were under way with oil suppliers in Saudi Arabia, Denmark and North America, and that the republic's port at Klaipeda would be ready to take deliveries starting next week.
NEWS
September 3, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Big smiles lit up Estonian faces Monday evening as the news spread that the United States had recognized their tiny republic's independence, but any dancing in the streets, they said, will be reserved for the day that the Soviet Union acknowledges its sovereignty. "There is a very joyful mood in Estonia because we are closer than ever to becoming independent," said Tiina-Mari Nummert, an 18-year-old art student who was sketching a street scene in Tallinn's old town when she heard the news.
NEWS
June 17, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Lithuanian government, retreating from its three-month-old declaration of independence, recommended on Saturday that the Baltic republic's Parliament suspend the declaration in order to begin negotiations with the central government on Lithuania's secession from the Soviet Union. The Lithuanian Cabinet proposed that the Supreme Council, the republic's Parliament, declare a "temporary moratorium" on the independence act to meet Soviet President Mikhail S.
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June 14, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Wednesday hailed meetings between Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as "good news" and a potential "first step" toward resolving the four-month conflict over independence for the Baltic republics. "I hope that what we saw yesterday is a first step in a dialogue that will lead to the self-determination that we strongly support," Bush said in a Washington press conference with representatives of regional newspapers.
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April 13, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, baring his frustration at U.S. reaction to the Lithuania crisis, said Thursday that Americans should stop giving him "lectures" that could imperil achievements in superpower relations made since he came to power. In talks with visiting Democratic senators, Gorbachev tried to shift the focus of U.S.-Soviet relations away from their current fixation on the Kremlin's treatment of the breakaway Baltic republic.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | Times Wire Services
The Soviet Union officially set up diplomatic ties Wednesday with Lithuania and Estonia, two of the three Baltic republics that became independent after the failed August coup. Soviet Foreign Minister Boris D. Pankin and his counterparts, Algirdas Saudargas of Lithuania and Lennart Meri of Estonia, signed the documents formally establishing relations. Pankin said diplomatic ties with Latvia will be established at a later date.
NEWS
September 26, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Wednesday announced the formation of a nine-man consultative team that includes many of his early advisers on restructuring the Soviet government, including former Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze. The Tass news agency said that three members of the council will lead the Soviet Union's coming negotiations over economic and other ties with the three Baltic states, which won their independence this month.
SPORTS
September 14, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The newly independent Baltic republics of Latvia and Estonia on Friday rejected an invitation to join a Soviet team for next year's Olympics, a Soviet wire service reported. Ulyana Semyonova, vice president of Latvia's Olympic Committee, said the republic would "by no means" accept an appeal from Soviet sports officials to form a united team for the Albertville and Barcelona Games. "We have become a separate state and we have nothing to do with the U.S.S.R.
NEWS
September 7, 1991 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The History Official recognition of independence for the three Baltic states ends a struggle by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia since their annexation by the Soviet Union on the eve of World War II. But their history involves centuries of both Germanic and Russian domination. * Independence for the three provinces of imperial Russia came with the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.
NEWS
September 7, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Half a century after carving up the heart of Europe in secret with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union gave up the choicest of its spoils Friday by recognizing the independence of the three unbowed Baltic states: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The decision, at the inaugural meeting of the day-old State Council, had been promised by Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. It was the first concrete episode in the breakup of the Soviet state that he is struggling mightily to prevent.
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September 7, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet Union may have finally acknowledged the independence of the Baltic states, but to political leaders here and in Latvia and Lithuania this chiefly means they now can begin in earnest the negotiations over the withdrawal of the Soviet military presence that has dominated their lands for 50 years. "We understand this is going to be a process, not a one-time act, and it will take some time," Andris Gutmanis, the Latvian deputy minister of economics, said Friday.
NEWS
July 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Kremlin is resisting a proposal by the three Baltic republics for joint negotiations on their independence demands, according to Vita Barshis, a spokesman for Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene. But Barshis said Lithuania is pushing ahead with the idea and has invited the Estonian and Latvian prime ministers to Vilnius this weekend for a strategy session.
NEWS
July 29, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania declared Saturday that they will not participate in the negotiations to transform the Soviet Union into a federal state with broad autonomy for its members. The three Baltic presidents, meeting in the Latvian beach resort of Jurmala, said their republics instead will proceed with talks on their own independence from the Soviet Union and on their future relations with Russia and the other republics that remain in the federal union.
NEWS
September 7, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was their country's first free day in half a century, and the 11th- and 12th-grade Estonian history classes at Tallinn Secondary School No. 1 took a break from their planned lessons Friday to discuss their tiny Baltic country's independence from the Soviet Union. "We were so determined that our little nation would not be destroyed by the Russians that we became like one person," said Heiti Valguee, a bright-eyed 11th-grader. "We held on to each other.
NEWS
September 6, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bankers, business people and economists in the three Baltic republics were caught off guard when the collapse of last month's Kremlin putsch sent their countries surging toward independence. "Who could have predicted that it would happen so quickly?" Elmar Matt, director of the Bank of Estonia, the republic's central bank, said in an interview Wednesday. "Our prognosis was that we would be completely free by 1995."
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