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Russian aggression marks critical moment for U.S.–Baltic partnership

President Trump meets the Baltic heads of state during a summit at the White House on April 3, 2018.
Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian presidents hold a joint press conference with President Trump in the White House on April 3, 2018. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Since regaining independence from Soviet rule in 1991, the Baltic states have become some of Europe's most dynamic economies, joined NATO and embraced the democratic commitments to openness, human rights and the rule of law. Yet they're now being tested by a revanchist Russia intent on sowing division and mistrust.

The big picture: As Russia threatens to undermine the Baltic states with dangerous brinksmanship, the U.S. faces a historic window of opportunity to fortify the U.S.–Baltic partnership.