Baltic leaders to seek more US protection against Russia
06 April, 2018, 03:23 | Author: Essie Rivera
Trump, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite met for a working luncheon in the morning before holding a joint news conference later in the day.
But earlier Tuesday, it was uncertain whether the Baltics leaders would get such reassurances during a free-wheeling lunchtime discussion with President Donald Trump in which he meandered from proposing the military guard the U.S.
The security and military aspect of the meetings in Washington are no doubt important, Kaju said, pointing to comments of officials in Lithuania earlier that have been vocal about the stationing of air defense systems as well as USA troops on Baltic soil.
"I hope that the United States and other allies understand that the airspace of the Baltic states must be better protected and defended", Lithuania's Grybauskaite told her country's public broadcaster LRT ahead of the visit.
"We are with [the Baltic states], we are friends and we are allies", Trump said from the East Room while flanked by the Baltic leaders.
Trade between the United States and the Baltic allies are small compared countries like China, Canada and Mexico, but that trade has been an issue on the top of Trump's mind, making it likely to come up in the meeting of the leaders.
US President Donald Trump pledged America's support for the Baltic states when he met the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for security talks in Washington on Tuesday.
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Therefore the only reasonable conclusion is that in this instance the exercises are intended as a signal to other countries, demonstrating Russia's military capability and also a theoretical ability to cut off the Baltic states from assistance from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Cepurītis said.
"These are just some of the many wonderful opportunities we can seize together", Trump said in detailing some of the efforts.
The meeting comes as the White House has raised the possibility of Trump welcoming Putin to the White House. "Now maybe we will and maybe we won't". "If we got along with Russian Federation that would be a good thing, not a bad thing. And just about everybody agrees to that except very stupid people", Mr Trump said.
In 2016 artists in Vilnius painted a mural depicting Trump passionately locking lips with Putin, while a public opinion poll a year ago showed two thirds of Lithuanians did not trust the USA president.
Tuesday's meeting comes at a time of enormous tension between the West and Russian Federation. But even his tough talk contained conciliatory remarks about Putin, a familiar posture for the President.
However, fresh characteristics- along with the United States of America resolution to eliminate 60 Russian mediators within the wake of the nerve fuel attack on previous Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury best month- have actually lengthy gone a method versus guaranteeing them. "Without the United States, this is not possible. We are behind and with you".
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