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Baltic states,

the countries of EstoniaEstonia
, Estonian Eesti, officially Republic of Estonia, republic (2015 est. pop. 1,315,000), 17,505 sq mi (45,339 sq km). It borders on the Baltic Sea in the west; the gulfs of Riga and Finland (both arms of the Baltic) in the southwest and north, respectively; Latvia
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, LatviaLatvia
, Latvian Latvija, officially Republic of Latvia, republic (2015 est. pop. 1,993,000), 24,590 sq mi (63,688 sq km), north central Europe. It borders on Estonia in the north, Lithuania in the south, the Baltic Sea with the Gulf of Riga in the west, Russia in the
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, and LithuaniaLithuania
, Lithuanian Lietuva, officially Republic of Lithuania, republic (2015 est. pop. 2,932,000), 25,174 sq mi (65,201 sq km), N central Europe. Lithuania borders on the Baltic Sea in the west, Latvia in the north, Belarus in the east and southeast, Poland in the
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, bordering on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Formed in 1918, they remained independent republics until their involuntary incorporation in 1940 into the USSR. They regained their independence in Sept., 1991, and virtually all Russian troops were withdrawn by Aug., 1994. Finland is usually classed with the Scandinavian rather than with the Baltic states. See also Baltic provincesBaltic provinces,
historic regions of Courland, Livonia, Estonia, and Ingermanland bordering on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. They were conquered by Russia from Sweden in the 18th cent. and made into provinces.
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The Baltic republics, for example, have rather tense relations with their Russian neighbor.
The crises over Syria, Ukraine and Georgia, as well as Russia's blustering threats against the Baltic republics, all are responses of a relatively vulnerable, less-than-superpower.
It isn't safe, and we have a moral obligation to the Baltic republics and other countries which escaped the Russian clutch.
Her book focuses on inner Lidiuanian processes and in this way alone breaks new ground in the history of the Soviet Baltic republics, hitherto told most often as a narrative of "us" vs.
Russia has long seen the Baltic as part of its sphere of influence, and still smarts at the former Soviet Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania entering Nato and the EU.
Josef Stalin's appeal to nationalism, rather than communism, was crucial in the Soviet defeat of the Nazi menace -- notwithstanding the collaborators who cropped up in the Baltic republics as well as Ukraine.
Some of the states that will suffer adverse economic consequences include the Baltic republics, Poland and Cyprus (heavily dependent on Russian depositors).
NATO also should expand its military presence in neighboring Baltic republics that are, unlike Ukraine, members of the alliance and face increased risk because of Russia's westward movement.
In addition to the three Baltic republics and Finland, also involved in BEMIP are Germany, Denmark, Poland and Sweden, as well as Norway with observer status.
They proceeded with the expansion of NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the abolition of the Warsaw Treaty, they not only included countries in central Europe, such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, but also in the former Soviet Union, such as the three Baltic republics, thus pushing NATO almost into the suburbs of St.
Americans must reject the notion that the West provoked Russia by bringing the Baltic republics and a formerly captive Eastern Europe into NATO.
In the late 1980s, Latvia, a tiny republic in the northwest corner of the former Soviet Union (USSR), seeing a window of opportunity provided by the policy of glasnost, instability inside the USSR, and political upheaval within the Warsaw Pact countries, became one of the key agitators among the Soviet republics to demand independence from Moscow--a view shared by several Baltic specialists (1) This paved the way for the emergence of independence movements in its fellow Baltic republics, Estonia and Lithuania, the latter of which took the lead in seeking to break free from Soviet rule.