The post-Soviet states, an aa collectively kent as the umwhile Soviet Union (FSU) or umwhile Soviet Republics, are the 15 independent states that emerged frae the Union o Soviet Socialist Republics in its dissolution in December 1991, wi Roushie internaitionally recognised as the successor state tae the Soviet Union. On Mairch 11, 1990, Lithuanie wis the first tae declare its unthirldom, wi Estonie an Latvie follaein suit in August 1991. Aw three Baltic states claimed continuity frae the oreeginal states that exeestit prior tae thair annexation bi the Soviet Union in 1944 an were admittit tae the Unitit Naitions on 17 September 1991. The remainin 12 republics aw subsequently secedit. 12 o the 15 states, excludin the Baltic states, ineetially formed the CIS an maist jyned CSTO, while the Baltic states focused on European Union an NATO membership.
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