U.S. officials are visiting small nation to ease tension with Russian Federation

Pence to visit 3 countries near Russia, stress support

Pence to visit 3 countries near Russia, stress support

Pence said the usa administration "stands firmly" behind Article 5 of the NATO treaty - the provision stating that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all members of the alliance.

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

Members of the US, French, British and Estonian militaries were there to hear Mr Pence's speech, as were the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The new USA sanctions on Russian Federation were overwhelmingly approved by both houses of Congress despite objections from the White House.

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.

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On Sunday, while on his trip to Eastern Europe, Vice President Mike Pence caught up with Fox News during a stop in Tallinn, Estonia, and he tried to reassure our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies that we are still very much aligned.

The three countries have expressed concerns about Russia's intentions, as have two other US allies in the region that are part of Pence's itinerary: Georgia and Montenegro. There are around 1,200 staff members working at these missions, though it is not clear how many are United States citizens.

He went on to say that Russia's recent expulsion of hundreds of United States diplomats won't deter Washington's commitment to security. "President Trump has made it clear: America is open to a better relationship. 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.

The US military displayed Patriot missiles in Lithuania earlier this month after having used them in an exercise there.

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

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The three Baltic states were controlled by the Soviet Union for decades and are concerned that Russian Federation would consider invading them again, much like Russia's actions in Ukraine.

He reaffirmed that recent diplomatic actions on Moscow's part would not deter the U.S.' commitment to its own security or that of its allies.

The remarks come after two days when North Korea claims and tested a ballistic missile (a high, arching trajectory, which is initially powered and guided but falls under gravity on to its target) that it can reach all of the United States. "I think he has also said it could have been other actors as well".

For an administration that has been sending mixed messages on Russia, Mr Pence tried to set the record straight.

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