Off the Wire

  • 1999-10-21
STEEP STAIRS AHEAD: Lithuania will have to climb "a few steep stairs" before it can walk through NATO's famous open door, new NATO Secretary General George Robertson told the Lietuvos rytas newspaper. Robertson said the candidates need to understand that membership in the alliance "is not cheap and easy." Lithuania has prepared a NATO integration plan that Robertson says will be "scrupulously" observed. However, the former British defense secretary reiterated that Russia will not be able to veto NATO's expansion plans.KUDOS FROM MERI: Estonian President Lennart Meri sent his congratulations...
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