The United States is donating more than 40,000 M14 automatic rifles to Estonia, and apparently some 80,000 of them to Lithuania. The two countries have chosen the M14 as the basic weapon for their military reserves, whose number exceeds by many times that of the standing army. The reserves are to be mobilized in the event of a crisis. The M14 is said to be well suited for use in forest environments, which is where Baltic defense forces would mount in-depth resistance to a hypothetical invasion. (BNS, August 5)
ARMENIAN AND RUSSIAN MILITARY LEADERS IN FLURRY OF MEETINGS.