RUSSIA, LATVIA AGREE ON TROOP WITHDRAWAL

Published: Monday, Feb. 3 1992 12:00 a.m. MST

Russia announced an agreement with Latvia to withdraw troops of the former Soviet Union from the republic.

The agreement Sunday comes a day after Russia and Lithuania announced a similar agreement. Russia then began talks with Estonia aimed at pulling soldiers out of that republic.The Soviet forces, which Russia has taken responsibility for, will begin leaving Latvia next month, but Russia Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Shakhrai told the Tass news agency, "The speed and schedule of the pullout depend on a number of factors," one of the biggest of which is adequate housing for returning soldiers.

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