Pence: Russian Aggression Greatest Threat to Baltic States

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday there is no larger threat to Baltic states than the specter of aggression by Russia, as he pledged support for NATO allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

At this very moment, Russia continues to seek to redraw international borders by force, undermine democracies of sovereign nations and divide the free nations of Europe one against another, Pence said. Under President Donald Trump, the United states of America rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation or malign influence in the Baltic states or against any of our treaty allies.

Pence spoke in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, after meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The U.S. vice president expressed hope for improved relations with Russia, but said that recent diplomatic action by the government in Moscow will not deter the U.S. commitment to its security and that of its allies.

Pence also praised Estonia for meeting the NATO alliance's target of spending at least 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defense, and said Latvia and Lithuania would hit that level by the end of next year. Trump has repeatedly called on NATO members to boost defense spending.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all have asked for tangible demonstrations of U.S. military support. Concerns about Russian expansionism have increased sharply in the Baltic region with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Pence is due to address Estonian and NATO troops who are part of the Western alliance's Enhanced Forward Presence Program.

He travels later Monday to Georgia, where troops from the U.S. and other NATO partners began military exercises Sunday, and then on to Montenegro, NATO's newest member.

Our message to the Baltic States, my message when we visit Georgia and Montenegro will be the same, Pence said Sunday after he arrived in Tallinn. To our allies here in Eastern Europe: We are with you, we stand with you on behalf of freedom and it's a great honor for me to be here.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday there is no larger threat to Baltic states than the specter of aggression by Russia, as he pledged support for NATO allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

At this very moment, Russia continues to seek to redraw international borders by force, undermine democracies of sovereign nations and divide the free nations of Europe one against another, Pence said. Under President Donald Trump, the United states of America rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation or malign influence in the Baltic states or against any of our treaty allies.

Pence spoke in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, after meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The U.S. vice president expressed hope for improved relations with Russia, but said that recent diplomatic action by the government in Moscow will not deter the U.S. commitment to its security and that of its allies.

Pence also praised Estonia for meeting the NATO alliance's target of spending at least 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defense, and said Latvia and Lithuania would hit that level by the end of next year. Trump has repeatedly called on NATO members to boost defense spending.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all have asked for tangible demonstrations of U.S. military support. Concerns about Russian expansionism have increased sharply in the Baltic region with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Pence is due to address Estonian and NATO troops who are part of the Western alliance's Enhanced Forward Presence Program.

He travels later Monday to Georgia, where troops from the U.S. and other NATO partners began military exercises Sunday, and then on to Montenegro, NATO's newest member.

Our message to the Baltic States, my message when we visit Georgia and Montenegro will be the same, Pence said Sunday after he arrived in Tallinn. To our allies here in Eastern Europe: We are with you, we stand with you on behalf of freedom and it's a great honor for me to be here.

Source: Voice of America

Pence: Russian Aggression Greatest Threat to Baltic States

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday there is no larger threat to Baltic states than the specter of aggression by Russia, as he pledged support for NATO allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

At this very moment, Russia continues to seek to redraw international borders by force, undermine democracies of sovereign nations and divide the free nations of Europe one against another, Pence said. Under President Donald Trump, the United states of America rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation or malign influence in the Baltic states or against any of our treaty allies.

Pence spoke in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, after meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The U.S. vice president expressed hope for improved relations with Russia, but said that recent diplomatic action by the government in Moscow will not deter the U.S. commitment to its security and that of its allies.

Pence also praised Estonia for meeting the NATO alliance's target of spending at least 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defense, and said Latvia and Lithuania would hit that level by the end of next year. Trump has repeatedly called on NATO members to boost defense spending.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all have asked for tangible demonstrations of U.S. military support. Concerns about Russian expansionism have increased sharply in the Baltic region with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Pence is due to address Estonian and NATO troops who are part of the Western alliance's Enhanced Forward Presence Program.

He travels later Monday to Georgia, where troops from the U.S. and other NATO partners began military exercises Sunday, and then on to Montenegro, NATO's newest member.

Our message to the Baltic States, my message when we visit Georgia and Montenegro will be the same, Pence said Sunday after he arrived in Tallinn. To our allies here in Eastern Europe: We are with you, we stand with you on behalf of freedom and it's a great honor for me to be here.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday there is no larger threat to Baltic states than the specter of aggression by Russia, as he pledged support for NATO allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

At this very moment, Russia continues to seek to redraw international borders by force, undermine democracies of sovereign nations and divide the free nations of Europe one against another, Pence said. Under President Donald Trump, the United states of America rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation or malign influence in the Baltic states or against any of our treaty allies.

Pence spoke in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, after meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The U.S. vice president expressed hope for improved relations with Russia, but said that recent diplomatic action by the government in Moscow will not deter the U.S. commitment to its security and that of its allies.

Pence also praised Estonia for meeting the NATO alliance's target of spending at least 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defense, and said Latvia and Lithuania would hit that level by the end of next year. Trump has repeatedly called on NATO members to boost defense spending.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all have asked for tangible demonstrations of U.S. military support. Concerns about Russian expansionism have increased sharply in the Baltic region with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Pence is due to address Estonian and NATO troops who are part of the Western alliance's Enhanced Forward Presence Program.

He travels later Monday to Georgia, where troops from the U.S. and other NATO partners began military exercises Sunday, and then on to Montenegro, NATO's newest member.

Our message to the Baltic States, my message when we visit Georgia and Montenegro will be the same, Pence said Sunday after he arrived in Tallinn. To our allies here in Eastern Europe: We are with you, we stand with you on behalf of freedom and it's a great honor for me to be here.

Source: Voice of America