Latvia learned just how hard it is to be a democratic state in 1998. Early on, a verbal war with Russia threatened to trash Latvia's reputation abroad. Citizenship requirements were eased for stateless people and the EU offered hope for the future, but a rickety minority administration could mean trouble in 1999.January¥ Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia sign the U.S.-Baltic Charter in Washington, D.C., just months after the Baltics unilaterally rejected a security guarantee from Russia that would have put the them back into Russia's sphere of influence.In Washington, U.S. President Bill Clin...
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