Because of Soviet armed force against Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is calling for President Bush to cancel his upcoming summit with Mikhail Gorbachev.
The United States should also terminate the $1 billion in agricultural credits it recently gave the Soviets and should cancel the planned waiver of trade restrictions against them, Hatch said.Hatch, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made those comments to reporters Tuesday after he wrote an editorial column in the New York Times about the situation.
"President Bush needs to do more than reproach Mikhail Gorbachev," Hatch wrote in the Times. "Bush should also foster direct ties with Soviet republics that hold genuinely free elections and adopt far-reaching market reforms."
Hatch is not suggesting full diplomatic relations with the Baltic states but advises treating them similarly to Taiwan - with whom America has no formal relations, but has unofficial diplomatic liaisons set up through the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.
He said such relations "would facilitate the kinds of normal international transactions such as political communication and cultural exchanges that routinely take place with Taiwan."
Hatch also suggests that the United States sponsor the Baltic states as members of international economic groups because they have announced the intention of full-fledged market reforms including the restoration of private property and free-market prices.
"President Bush is now obliged to pursue policies that make Mr. Gorbachev understand that he faces a choice between an isolated Soviet Union mired in poverty and paralyzed by national hatreds and a new Soviet confederation than can join the community of nations and achieve prosperity commensurate with its great natural wealth," Hatch said.
Hatch also told the Deseret News that the United States should give more support to Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian Republic and leader of opposition to hardliners.
"He's the one true democrat there. We should give him more support against the conservatives, or hardliners," Hatch said.
Hatch also added, "Western public opinion, particularly U.S. congressional opinion, will turn cold so long as Moscow tries to keep the Baltic states on a short leash."