August 27, 1991 |
For more than 50 years, the United States has championed the cause of Baltic independence, steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the annexation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by the Soviet Union and granting their representatives the sort of diplomatic presence they were denied by much of the rest of the world.
February 21, 1990 |
The Soviet Union has denied a U.S. congressional delegation visas for Lithuania, where they planned to monitor elections Saturday at the invitation of the political opposition, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The State Department, however, said it is working to reverse the Soviet decision, and the four House members boarded a flight to West Germany, the first leg of the mission, Tuesday evening.
April 19, 1990 |
Bush Administration officials anxiously sought to determine Wednesday whether Soviet authorities have cut off oil supplies to Lithuania's only refinery, as asserted by officials of the Baltic republic. "We have conflicting reports, and we're looking into the situation," a White House official said, declining to go beyond President Bush's warning Tuesday that such a step would be met with "appropriate responses" by the United States.
April 30, 1990 |
ENOUGH REFORM, ALREADY: Look for President Bush to propose new, less stringent, financial disclosure rules for federal appointees this spring. It has taken Bush more than a year to fill the major vacancies in his Administration, and the lengthy process has left the President and his aides frustrated--particularly at the mountain of paper work needed to clear each appointee. The biggest culprit is financial disclosure, White House aides insist, saying current rules are too burdensome.
April 7, 1990 |
A Soviet military crackdown in Lithuania would "put at risk" the entire U.S.-Soviet relationship, Secretary of State James A. Baker III said Friday at the conclusion of three days of intensive talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze. "The signal has been clearly sent and is clearly understood," Baker told a press conference.
March 29, 1990 |
President Bush moved Wednesday to quell criticism of his muted response to the Soviet crackdown in Lithuania, facing off with restive Republican lawmakers in a pair of heated sessions at the White House. "We need a Winston Churchill, not a Stanley Baldwin," the second-ranking House Republican, Newt Gingrich of Georgia, reportedly snapped at one point, referring to Britain's forceful World War II prime minister and a wishy-washy predecessor who served in the 1930s.