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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 They regained their independence in Sept., 1991, and virtually all Russian troops were withdrawn by Aug., 1994.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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Since regaining independence, after 50 years of Soviet occupation, the Baltic states still live under many threats from the Russian Federation.
Each of the Baltic states is bounded by water for a portion of the country's border.
The Baltic states are often discussed as a group without regard to their profound differences.
Lithuania's accession to the EU, due to Cohesion Policy, has reached significant economic changes in 2004, with a GDP gap narrowing by almost a quarter to the EU average, and after the financial crisis, the Baltic States joined the euro area.
The agreement sets out the commitment of the three Baltic states to strengthen their cooperation in the development of a common capital market.
Along these lines, the transition in the Baltic states could be labelled the triple transition since it also implied the establishment of new national administrative and institutional structures.
Russia could conquer the Baltic states quicker than we could get there to defend them," Gen.
US President Barack Obama, in a speech delivered in Estonia in 2014, said NATO would help to safeguard the independence of the three Baltic states, which broke away from Moscow's orbit in 1990-91 as the Soviet Union was collapsing.
This is further reassurance for our allies on the eastern flank of Nato - for the Baltic states and for Poland," he said, as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting of alliance defence ministers.
Major opportunities for UK firms across all three Baltic states exist in sectors including shared services and business process outsourcing, ICT and energy and power infrastructure.
In reaction to the security situation in the region, as a measure of deterrence, chiefs of defense of the Baltic states will apply officially to Supreme NATO Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) about permanent stationing of a brigade-sized NATO unit in the Baltic States," Lithuanian Army spokesman Mindaugas Neimontas said.
He said that the main purpose of the festival is a cultural dialogue between the CIS countries, Baltic states and Georgia, the preservation of their cultural identity, efforts joining in the fight against immorality and strengthening of cultural ties.

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