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Mike Pence wants sanctions to change Russia's 'behavior'

Mike Pence wants sanctions to change Russia's 'behavior'

"The US rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation or malign influence in the Baltic states or against any of our treaty allies", Mr Pence said.

In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, Pence spoke strongly but generally about the United States support for eastern European countries.

Trump's presidency brought with it the possibility of improved relations with Russian Federation after the president spent much of the 2016 campaign speaking warmly of Putin and expressing optimism that he would be able to build a strong relationship with the Kremlin.

US Vice President Mike Pence has told Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania the US remains committed to defending them against Russian Federation during a visit to the Baltic states.

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence arrived in Estonia Sunday afternoon, kicking off a three-country visit of Eastern Europe.

Pence's trip to Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro is viewed as a follow-up to President Trump's visit to Europe earlier this month.

Pence was expected to highlight the USA commitment to the Western Balkans and stress the need for good governance, political reforms, and rule of law in the region.

But Peskov also said that Putin and Moscow were interested in cooperating with the U.S. "where it fits our interests".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin seized upon US President Donald Trump's election victory as offering the potential for a very different relationship.

The Zapad exercises have triggered concern in Lithuania, since they will take place relatively close to the Suwalki gap, a land corridor crossing southeastern Poland which is critical to the security of the Baltic states.

Mr Putin, at a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto last week, said "anti-Russia hysteria" is growing and "Russophobic instruments" are being used as part of a domestic U.S. political fight that may result in stricter sanctions against his nation.

Pence's comments came in response to President Vladimir Putin's announcement Sunday that US diplomatic missions in Russian Federation will have to reduce their staffs by 755 people - retaliation for the Russian Federation sanctions legislation Trump plans to sign this week.

The President and I were pleased to see a Lithuanian firm's recent decision to purchase liquefied natural gas from the United States.

"As a conservative Republican, he will also try to convince these nervous allies, who really do look to us for protection, that the incessant "noise" in Washington about the Trump administration playing footsies with the Russians does not mean that the United States will sacrifice their interests to a Moscow-Washington agreement", said Naimark, who also serves as fellow at the Hoover Institution. The US government hoped for a better relationship with Russian Federation, but stood by the NATO treaty's article 5 on collective defence.

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.

The U.S. vice president also spoke about Russian Federation.


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