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July 7, 1994 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton pledged Wednesday to push Russia to remove the last of its troops from the Baltics "in a deliberate and firm way," while also warning that the rights of the Russian minority in this region must be protected. Opening an eight-day European trip with the first visit of an American President to this portion of the former Soviet empire, Clinton met with the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
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January 4, 1998 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 He never mentioned, however, that his U.S. citizenship was revoked because he lied about his Nazi past.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.
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April 2, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 1,000 Lithuanian activists thronged outside the Federal Building in Westwood on Sunday to protest increased Soviet pressure on their homeland to renounce its declaration of independence. As Lithuanian community leaders exhorted the Soviet Union to permit independence in the Baltic republic, demonstrators torched the Soviet flag, chanted anti-Gorbachev slogans and hoisted signs denouncing "Soviet occupation" of their country.
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July 7, 1994 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton pledged Wednesday to push Russia to remove the last of its troops from the Baltics "in a deliberate and firm way," while also warning that the rights of the Russian minority in this region must be protected. Opening an eight-day European trip with the first visit of an American President to this portion of the former Soviet empire, Clinton met with the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
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August 27, 1991 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 21, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 19, 1990 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 30, 1990 | From the Times Washington Bureau
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.
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April 7, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 29, 1990 | PAUL HOUSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 7, 1992 | Reuters
Vice President Dan Quayle on Thursday pledged American support for the three Baltic states and announced $18 million in additional U.S. aid to them. Quayle, arriving from Finland, expressed America's support for Estonia which, with Latvia and Lithuania, regained independence from the Soviet Union in September.
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September 24, 1991 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the United States moves to establish diplomatic missions in the newly independent Baltic Republics, an Orange County congressman is urging the White House to name a Mission Viejo businessman born in Lithuania as the new ambassador to the fledgling nation. Richard Kontrimas, 57, president of an international trading company that markets computers, has no formal diplomatic experience. But Rep.
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September 18, 1991 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush told the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Tuesday that he will exert U.S. pressure on the fraying central government of the Soviet Union to remove thousands of Soviet troops from the newly independent Baltic republics. "All three presidents did ask (Bush) for his support . . . in getting Soviet troops out of their countries," White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said after a hastily scheduled meeting between Bush and Presidents Arnold F.
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September 15, 1991 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State James A. Baker III zipped through the three newly independent Baltic states on Saturday, promising their struggling governments that the United States will help remake their economies but bringing only minimal financial aid. Baker spent three hours each in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, presenting each country's president with one of the Baltic flags that hung in the State Department lobby during the half-century that the little republics were under Soviet rule.
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September 12, 1991 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush announced Wednesday that he will "move quickly" to establish normal economic relations with the newly independent Baltic states by offering them most-favored-nation trading status with the United States.
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September 11, 1991 | From Reuters
This nation on Tuesday proposed working with Israel to ensure that criminals who took part in the World War II massacre of 200,000 Jews in Lithuania are not rehabilitated. The Vilnius government, which recently won independence from Moscow, has been angered by U.S. reports that war criminals are being exonerated wholesale through its program to rehabilitate people condemned for resisting Nazi occupation or Soviet rule. But the government admitted that mistakes may have been made.
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May 4, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Bush proposed a new treaty Thursday that could reduce or eliminate ground-based, short-range nuclear weapons in Europe, a step the Administration hopes will allow the Soviet Union to live more easily with a united Germany's presence in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Bush acknowledged that he does "worry about the military resurgence of some kind inside the Soviet Union."
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May 3, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lithuania, bitten hard by Soviet sanctions that forced rationing of some foodstuffs beginning this week, made a new bid Wednesday to end the crisis through negotiations, calling on Western countries to serve as its intermediaries with the Kremlin.
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September 5, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 3, 1991 | LANIE JONES and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hours after President Bush opened full diplomatic relations with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, a Mission Viejo couple and their three small children visited Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles to offer prayers of thanks to the children's great-grandparents--Lithuanian freedom fighters who died without seeing their country liberated.
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