Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 135

Russian Foreign Ministry chief spokesman Grigory Karasin yesterday charged that "the difficulties of the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic states persist and are in some respects actually worsening." Karasin claimed that "mass-scale and gross violations of human rights, particularly in Estonia and Latvia heighten tensions and undermine cooperation in the region." (Interfax, July 9) The attack, the first of its kind since Boris Yeltsin’s reelection as president, confirms that Moscow’s escalating anti-Baltic polemics in recent months were not directly related to the electoral campaign and are likely to continue.

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