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In the early 18th century, Europe was crippled by two major wars. France was preparing to go to war with Western Europe (England, the Holy Roman Empire and many German principalities) over the Spanish Succession. Meanwhile, in Eastern Europe, Russia, Denmark and Saxony agreed to attack Swedish possessions and share them out between themselves. The Republic of the Two Nations found itself in an anomalous position.
When the leaders of the Commonwealth and Russian Empire met in Biržai for entertainment and secret agreements
© DELFI / Paulius Garkauskas
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