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May 2, 2008 - Estonia, Lithuania hold energy-security talks

Apr 30, 2008 - Lithuania's president urges Baltic unity in relations with Russia

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Jan 16, 2008 - President Bush's Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the US-Baltic Charter

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U.S.-Baltic Foundation

President Bush's Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the US-Baltic Charter
January 16, 2008

I send greetings to those celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Partnership Among the United States and the Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

A decade ago, the U.S.-Baltic Charter helped launch the Baltic states toward their goal of becoming full members of Europe and the transatlantic community. By partnering together, our countries demonstrated our commitment to achieve an integrated Europe in which the security and sovereignty of each nation would be realized.

In 2004, the NATO Alliance proudly welcomed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania into the transatlantic community, based on a commitment to freedom, security, justice, human rights, and free markets. Europe is now closer to being whole and free, and the success of these nations gives hope and support to all those who seek to lift themselves from fear and oppression.

On this occasion, we appreciate the peoples of the Baltic states who endured tyranny and struggled for independence. They earned their freedom through courage and perseverance, and today they stand with us as partners in this great alliance, contributing to our common security.

Laura and I send our best wishes on this important anniversary. May God bless you.

George W. Bush



January 16, 2008- Joint statement of the Presidents of the Baltic States


In a White House ceremony on January 16, 1998, the Presidents of the United States, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia signed the U.S.-Baltic Charter of Partnership. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, we recall the document as a historic political landmark in the relations between our countries.

With this Charter we set up a framework for cooperation that has ultimately helped us achieve the strategic goal of stability and security through NATO membership. It significantly enhanced U.S.-Baltic cooperation in political, security, and economic areas.

The partnership [based on common values and] continuously maintained between the United States of America and the Baltic States since 1922 is an intrinsic part of Baltic independence. The Charter was a consistent continuation of the U.S. policy of non-recognition of the forceful incorporation of the Baltic States into the Soviet Union as well as of political and practical support to the restoration of our independence. More...