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Unrest prevails as NATO moves in
Unrest prevails as NATO moves in
RIGA - Recent events have cast the Baltic States in a new light, as a barrier between Russia and the West. NATO, especially U.S. involvement, has shown the world the strategic importance of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, as well as Poland. NATO training exercises are being conducted in response to both the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the increasing Russian presence in the Baltic Sea region. With significant ethnic Russian populations in Estonia and Latvia, politicians, citizens and world media have speculated that Russia may soon cast its eye on the Baltics, resulting in events similar t...  Full story...
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