The European Commission yesterday decided officially to recommend inviting Estonia and five other countries, not including Latvia and Lithuania, to talks on accession to the European Union in a first round of eastward enlargement. The second round lies years ahead. Latvia and Lithuania’s initial reaction is a vow to try and change the decision at the political levels of the EU. Its Nordic members support simultaneous talks with the three Baltic states. (BNS, July 15)
Vavilov Denies Guilt.