Mike Pence reassures Baltic states over Russian Federation 'threat'

Pence to visit 3 countries near Russia, stress support

In the Baltic countries, whose leaders Pence is scheduled to meet on the first leg of his trip in Estonia's capital Tallinn, the fear of Russian Federation is arguably the greatest, and most acute, among the countries visited by the vice president.

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Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the Baltic states for strategic meetings with heads of state of fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to pledge U.S. commitment to their security. He also planted an English oak before departing with his wife Karen on Air Force Two to Tbilisi, Georgia, on the next leg of a European tour that also takes him to Montenegro.

"We believe China should do more", Pence said.

The White House hopes for better ties with Moscow but will oppose any Kremlin aggression against US allies and will not be swayed by an order to slash Washington's diplomatic staff in Russia, US vice-president Mike Pence said on Monday.

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"President Trump has made it clear - America is open to a better relationship with Russian Federation", said Pence. While recently backing Nato's collective-security pledge, President Donald Trump has courted Russian President Vladimir Putin and raised doubts about the US's commitment to far-away allies. He insisted Trump is in agreement with United States intelligence services on Russian meddling despite newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci telling CNN last week that Trump is still unsure. "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.

Though Pence said he was delivering a message directly from Trump, his stern remarks at times were far more forceful than those of his boss, who has often opted for a softer tone on Russian Federation, including repeatedly refusing to definitively accept the conclusion of his intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 elections. 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.

Pence was scheduled to have official talks with the prime minister on Tuesday then travel to Montenegro.

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