Opinion: Molotov-Ribbentrop and the birth of the Lithuanian-American alliance

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The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed 75 years ago is remembered as the beginning of an alliance between Hitler and Stalin that divided Eastern Europe between the two totalitarian dictators and opened the way to World War II. That it certainly was, but the accord had another impact as well: reaction to it marked the beginning of an alliance between Lithuania and her Baltic neighbours with the United States.
Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
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