Perils of Nationhood

The Baltics have their independence back, and foreign recognition, but they won't be able to break Moscow's grip right away

The last foreign envoy accredited to the Baltic republics left 50 years ago, after the Red Army extinguished their sovereignty. When Lithuania declared its independence anew in March 1990, no one came. But now that Lithuania, along with Latvia and Estonia, has reclaimed its freedom from the rubble of the Soviet state, foreign ministers and diplomats seem almost breathless in their rush to return. The first new ambassador on the scene was Denmark's Otto Borch, who said, "No assignment I have received has brought me greater pleasure than this one." Somehow the Latvians managed to find a handful of red-and-white Danish...

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