Pence addresses Noble Partner 2017, says Trump will sign sanctions against Russian Federation

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2017

The Vice President called on Europe to match U.S. President Donald Trump's "clear message".

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all have asked for tangible demonstrations of US military support. Russian Federation has since been supporting the regions both financially and militarily.

At an official dinner in the Georgian capital late on July 31, Pence said, "We stand with you, for your freedom and for our shared values". "We will reject any claim at any time by any nation that undermines this enduring principle".

During his visit to Tbilisi, Pence will also visit USA and Georgian troops participating in the Noble Partner exercise, which includes eight North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and partner countries.

The three Baltic nations, along with Georgia, were all occupied for almost five decades by Soviet troops before regaining independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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.

The new sanctions aim to penalize Moscow for allegedly meddling in the United States presidential election and Russia's reunification with Crimea in 2014. The legislation bars U.S. President Donald Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees.

Trump "asked me to extend greetings to you this morning and to say we are with you", Bloomberg cited Pence as saying.

The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit.

He said he was sure that dialog with Russian Federation is possible in the future.

Trump's is not the first administration to send a vice president overseas in the president's stead, or to develop relations with diplomats and dignitaries from particular countries - former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was known as Ukraine's man in Washington.

"President Trump has called on Russian Federation to cease its destabilizing activities", Pence said, adding that President Donald Trump will soon sign sanctions against Russian Federation. The alliance has deployed some 4,000 troops and military hardware in the three Baltic states and Poland to counter Russia's presence in the Baltic Sea region.

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