March 24, 1990 |
Two U.S. diplomats ordered by the Soviet government to leave Lithuania met for 35 minutes early today with the Baltic republic's president after learning of their expulsion order. The audience with Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis was an apparent show of support by the leader of the republic. The consuls, Jon Purnell of Norwood, Mass., and Douglas Wake of Niagara Falls, learned of the decision to expel them in a phone call from the consulate in Leningrad, where they are based.
September 7, 1991
A look at the heads of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia: LITHUANIA Vytautas Landsbergis, 58, a former music professor, was the first non-Communist elected to head a Soviet republic. Upon his election in March, 1990, he immediately rammed through a declaration of independence and withstood the Kremlin's wrath when it cut off oil supplies for a time and sent soldiers and police on a rampage through the republic.
December 12, 1990 |
Lithuania's president said Tuesday that Moscow will try to bring his rebellious republic to its knees this winter by cutting off all supplies of food and raw materials. President Vytautas Landsbergis told a news conference here that Soviet officials have informed his government that food, fodder, energy and material shipments to Lithuania will end Jan. 1, ostensibly because of shortages in the Soviet Union.
June 27, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev rejected a package of compromise proposals handed to him Tuesday by Lithuania's leader, saying it did not go far enough toward meeting the demands he has set for opening talks with the breakaway Baltic republic.
April 18, 1990 |
Lithuanian leaders said the Kremlin made good Tuesday on its threat to throttle their economy by ordering drastic cutbacks in natural gas deliveries and a halt in oil supplies for the breakaway Baltic republic's sole refinery. Lithuania's leader, Vytautas Landsbergis, accused Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev of "brutal" action to break his homeland's drive for independence from Moscow, but he said the energy cuts would not have that effect.
May 25, 1992 |
Lithuanians dealt a serious blow over the weekend to Vytautas Landsbergis, the music-historian-turned-politician who led the Baltic state back to full independence, by refusing full approval to the strong presidency he had proposed.