During the initial stages of social rebirth in the Baltic states after they reclaimed their independence in the early 1990s, it was well understood that the key to their long-term security would involve developing good relations and military alliances with democratic powers.America, the Cold War rival of the Soviet Union, seemed a perfect fit as a key strategic ally. The country had the needed mindset as Russia's contender and a great political interest in seeing the Baltic region escape Russia's sphere of influence. The position of the United States proved to be crucial in the Baltics' int...
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