Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia
Aug 24 2016
Biden also reassured the Baltic presidents that the usa commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, obliging all other members in case of an attack on one member state to come to its aid, is unwavering and that the us considers it to be its "sacred obligation" to defend its allies.
US Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defence Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russian Federation and White House hopeful Donald Trump.
"It is important for us that we are ready, all parties, to confirm our strategic partnership. and we are sure that no matter what changes will be after the elections in (the) United States, their commitments.to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to (the) Baltic region, will stay", she said, speaking after Biden.
"There is continued, overwhelming, bipartisan agreement in the United States of America, both political parties, to maintain our commitment to NATO", Biden added, according to a press pool report.
Biden said Tuesday he doubted whether Trump "even understands" what NATO's Article 5 commitment to collective defence means, while insisting it was America's "sacred honour" to fulfil it.
"Don't listen to that other fellow - he knows not of what he speaks". Biden's visit here coincides with the 27th anniversary of the Baltic Way, when more than 2 million people joined hands across the three countries - then part of the Soviet Union - to demonstrate their desire for independence.
"Migration from Central America is a complex problem with no easy answers", Mr. Biden said. This prompted a furious response in all three Baltic capitals.
With suspicions on both sides mounting, the United States is struggling to preserve its wobbly partnership with Turkey as it entertains a closer relationship with Russian Federation and fumes over a USA -based cleric it blames for orchestrating last month's failed coup attempt.
On Wednesday, Biden travels to Turkey where he will meet President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim before visiting Sweden to discuss Europe's asylum crisis the day after.