News Latvia Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovski's resignation was accepted by the Latvian president today

Baltic talks

MOSCOW (Reuter) - The foreign ministers of Latvia and Estonia said that Russia had shown a new willingness to work out a timetable for withdrawing former Soviet troops from the Baltic states. But they added, after talks in Moscow, also including Lithuania, that there were still wide differences on setting a date for a pullout.

Estonian protest

Moscow (Reuter) - Estonia issued a protest to Russia yesterday over a clash this week in the capital, Tallinn, between Estonian and Russian navy units.

Out of Russia: Uneasy Balts dig up their weapons again

MOSCOW - Once the vanguard of the second Russian revolution, the Baltic states faded rapidly from the front pages at the beginning of the year, their violent struggles for independence replaced with ethnic clashes in Georgia and Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The new contest was between Russia and Ukraine, or Kazakhstan. So populous and potentially rich were these other countries by comparison that it seemed possible that the Balts might not be heard of for some time.

PM ousted

VILNIUS (Reuter) - The Lithuanian Prime Minister, Gediminas Vagnorius, accused by his opponents of bungling economic reform, was sacked by parliament in a vote of no confidence yesterday.

Time to go home

Helsinki (Reuter) - Russia and the three Baltic states agreed a draft statement yesterday calling for talks on an early withdrawal of former Soviet troops, delegates to the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe said.
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