RIGA - While most Latvians preparing for winter and their government was giddy with hopes of European Union negotiations, an unremarkable ceremony in the west Latvia town of Skrunda last week marked a symbolic end to Russian occupation of the Baltics.Bending to an agreement inked five years ago, Russia pulled its last handful of soldiers from the Skrunda radar site, the last station of Baltic duty for a military force that once totaled more than 100,000 in Latvia alone. The pullout, completed well ahead of the February 2000 deadline, is being offered by some as a glint of hope in otherwise ...
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