OVERVIEW The Republic of Latvia is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. It is bordered north by Estonia, west by the Baltic Sea, south by Lithuania and Belarus and east by Russia. Like its Baltic neighbors, Latvia is a member of the European Union and NATO, joining both organizations in 2004. Latvia's primary security threat is Russia, which occupied the country in the form of the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1991. Its small population constraints the size of its armed...
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