Mike Pence Claims US Ready to Protect Baltic Countries From 'Russian Aggression'

Posted August 01, 2017

"At this very moment, Russian Federation continues to seek to redraw global borders by force, undermine democracies of sovereign nations, and divide the free nations of Europe - one against another", he added.

US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech next to Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid as they visit NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence mission and Estonian troops in Tallinn, Estonia July 31, 2017.

US President Donald Trump, despite having sought to improve ties with Mr Putin, is set to sign the legislation, which strips him of the power to unilaterally revoke the penalties.

Putin responds: Responding to sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would decide on how to retaliate once it had seen the final text of the bill.

Speaking alongside presidents of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, Pence sought to assure the Baltic leaders that the United States would not be intimidated by Putin's announcement Sunday that U.S. missions would be stripped of 755 staff members and two properties.

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In Georgia, which is Pence's second stop and not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, the vice president will meet with the country's leaders and visit United States and Georgian troops participating in a multinational military exercise in the country.

Pence departed Estonia later on Monday and arrived in Georgia, where he was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvrikashvili.

But he re-committed the U.S. to it during a Washington press conference in June, and more symbolically at a speech in Poland in early July. "We believe China should do more", he said when asked about the recent firing of a missile by North Korea towards Japan.

Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration is committed to cracking down on Russian Federation for its threatening acts but is hopeful the country will change its behavior, according to The Daily Caller.

USA vice-president Mike Pence confirmed that the Pentagon is considering a request from Estonia for more firepower to deter a Kremlin military build up along its frontier.

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The new United States sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the United States election.

"President Trump has made it clear - America is open to a better relationship with Russian Federation", said Pence. While our policy is America-first, it's not America-alone.

"Our message to the Baltic states, my message when we visit Georgia and Montenegro, will be the same", He told Fox News. As former USA ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul pointed out on NBC's Today show, it will also hurt Russia in other ways, such as applications for visas to travel to the US.

He was expected to also convey that message during his talks with leaders of Montenegro and Georgia, where US and Georgian forces are now holding their largest-ever joint military exercises.

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