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The Role of the Baltic States in the Eu's Relations with Russia

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The revolutionary changes in the former Soviet Union took place at a time when the European Commission (EC) was preoccupied with negotiating and ratifying the Maastricht Treaty. The corresponding creation of the European Union (EU) and the adoption of a timetable for the achievement of the European Monetary Union marked a further deepening of the integration process and can explain the initial reluctance to accept engagements concerning enlargement towards Central and Eastern Europe. For strategic and economic reasons, the new Member States from Northern Europe became ardent defenders of the Baltic States' integration into the EU. The continuing requests for closer relations between the EC/EU and the Baltic States came at a time when the international political context enhanced the need for the EU to play a more active stabilising role in Eastern Europe.

Keywords: Baltic states; Eastern Europe; European Commission (EC)/ European Union (EU); Soviet Union



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