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BALTIC REPUBLICS PLAN MOSCOW TALKS

BALTIC REPUBLICS PLAN MOSCOW TALKS

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Estonia announced Tuesday it would open the first formal talks on independence with the Kremlin Thursday, the 51st anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin pact that led to the annexation of the Baltics.

Latvian officials said its negotiations on independence would begin with Soviet authorities within 10 days. There was no confirmation from the Kremlin that it would begin talks with either republic.In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, lawmakers named an eight-member panel for its talks with the Soviet Union on independence.

All three republics have been in the forefront of efforts to win their independence from the Soviet Union, which forcibly absorbed them after the 1939 non-aggression pact signed by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

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