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Baltic states, the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, bordering on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Formed in 1918, they remained independent republics until their involuntary incorporation in 1940 into the USSR. They regained their independence in Sept., 1991, and virtually all Russian troops were withdrawn by Aug., 1994. Finland is usually classed with the Scandinavian rather than with the Baltic states. See also Baltic provinces.

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Baltic states

Baltic states Countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, on the e coast of the Baltic Sea. Settled by various tribes in the 7th century, it remained mostly under Danish, Russian or Polish rule until the 20th century. Following the Russian Revolution (1917), each state became independent, but were submerged into the Soviet Union in 1940. They regained independence following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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