Influence by other means

  • 1999-10-28
  • By Paul Goble
The closure last week of the last Russian military facility in the Baltic states - the Skrunda radar site in western Latvia - will not reduce Moscow's influence in these three countries. Indeed, it is likely to have just the opposite effect. There are three reasons for this conclusion. First, by handing over the site to Latvian control, more than four years after all other Russian forces left Latvia, Moscow has removed what has been a major irritant in Latvian-Russian relations.Latvians were angry about the continued Russian presence at Skrunda, a Soviet radar site intended to detect incomi...
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