Backwards into the past

  • 1999-01-14
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGA - Western politicians and pundits assure the Baltic states they have little to fear from their former colonial overlord to the East. With its economic woes and an outright mutinous military, they say, Russia is incapable of renewed aggression against Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Maybe so. But as the Baltics blaze ever westward toward NATO and the EU, former Soviet lands to the East sounded their own call for unity recently. On Christmas Day, the leaders of Russia and Belarus announced they had agreed in principle to a union between the two countries that will come into being before th...
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