Lithuania uneasy about relations with Belarus

  • 2003-07-17
  • Steven Paulikas
VILNIUSAs Vilniusites admire the lightening-paced modernization of their city and contemplate solidarity with Brussels-based institutions, they often seem to have forgotten the nation dubbed "Europe's last dictatorship" that lies only 40 kilometers to the east.Although they spent almost a millennium under common governance, Lithuania and Belarus have become as different to one another as Europe was to the Soviet Union.While the absence of Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga' from the July 6 commemorations marking the 750th anniversary of Mindaugas' coronation enraged the Lithuanian pres...
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