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Russian Minority Party Wins Latvian Vote, Populists Surge

HELSINKI (AP) — An opposition party favored by Latvia’s large ethnic Russian minority has won the Baltic nation’s parliamentary election, but it’s expected to face difficulties forming a ruling coalition after a vote that saw new populist parties surge and government parties falter.

Photo by Amos BenGershom / Government Press Office

Netanyahu Visits Lithuania, First Israeli PM Ever

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive Thursday in Lithuania for a four-day visit during which he will also meet his Latvian and Estonian counterparts, local officials and the Jewish community.

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Baltic Nations Demand UN Security Council Act Against Russia

The Baltic nations used their platforms at the UN Security Council to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the past 20 months, Russia has threatened the three former Soviet republics repeatedly, which has forced the governments to amp up security.

AP Photo/Liis Treimann

Estonia to Build Fence on Russian Border

Estonia announced plans to build a fence on their border with Russia for extra protection. In the past year, the former Soviet republic often voiced fears they might be Russia’s next target after the Kremlin targeted Ukraine.

Greece asks U.S. to continue sustainment support for its F-16s

3 Baltic Nations Request Permanent NATO Troop Presence

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The three Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — are asking NATO to permanently deploy ground troops to their nations as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia. The countries’ defense chiefs requested a brigade-size

AP/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service

Russia Threatens Nuclear Response if West Targets Crimea

A report surfacing after Russia’s celebration of the one-year annexation of Crimea claims Russian officials warned that any Western attempt to reclaim Crimea “would trigger a Russian response, possibly involving nuclear force.”

AP/Sergei Chuzavkov

U.S. Senators Urge Obama to Arm Ukraine Against Russia

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is leading a group of senators pressuring the White House to send weapons to the Ukrainian army. The war between Ukraine and Russia has killed over 5,000 Ukrainians since the war started in April 2014.