In Baltics, Pence Talks Security, Missiles

In Baltics, Pence Talks Security, Missiles

The vice president said right now Russian Federation is the biggest threat to the region with Moscow seeking to redraw global borders, and put European nations against each other. He emphasized that even though under [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump, the policy of the United States of America is to place the security and the prosperity of America first, but added that "America First" does not mean "America Alone".

The US vice president also praised Estonia for meeting the target of spending 2 percent of its gross domestic product for NATO's military expense and noted the striving of Latvia and Lithuania to meet this goal by 2018.

The vice president also - and perhaps optimistically in the face of Russia's retaliatory gesture - held out the prospect of what he called "a constructive relationship with Russian Federation, based on cooperation on common interests".

"No threat looms larger in the Baltic States than the specter of aggression from your unpredictable neighbor to the east", Pence said during a joint press conference with Baltic leaders in Estonia.

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Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said on July 27 that Pence's visit will demonstrate that the United States continues to support Georgia in building a stronger military force. Later Monday, Pence is due in Georgia, a non-NATO member which has shared concerns about Russian Federation, and then to Montenegro, which became NATO's 29th member on June 5.

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"We believe China should do more". The administration officials said the U.S.is encouraging Georgia to continue to make reforms to its judiciary and expand anti-corruption efforts.

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday reaffirmed America's commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and pledged that the United States will come to the defense of member countries that are attacked.

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Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine triggered a rethink of NATO's role in ex-communist Europe. "We held out hope that the situation would somehow change", Mr Putin said in an interview on state-run Rossiya 1 television, which published a Russian-language transcript on its website.

Lithuania said it was eager to have Patriot missiles when the USA military displayed the system in the country earlier this month after using them in an exercise there.

"The US will check any attempt to use force".

He also told the troops in formation what he had told the presidents of the Baltic states earlier that morning: "The United States of America is with you". In fact he can really start to call the shots so I think from his point of view he is winning hands down.

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Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite told Lithuanian radio that NATO's air-policing missions would be doubled during the Russian-led Zapad exercise.

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