Pence pledges support for Georgia, condemns Russian moves

Pence pledges support for Georgia, condemns Russian moves

United States President Donald Trump signed on Tuesday a regulation on the expansion of sanctions against Russia, US Vice President Mike Pence stated during his visit to Georgia, Interfax reported.

"Russia continues to occupy one-fifth of Georgian territory, the United States of America strongly condemns Russia's occupation on Georgia's soil, " Pence said.

"A strong and united North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is more necessary today than at any point since the collapse of communism a quarter-century ago and no threat looms larger in the Baltic states than the specter of aggression from your unpredictable neighbor to the east", Pence said at news conference with the three Baltic presidents.

In a speech at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, the presidential residence of Estonia, Mr. Pence said he brought a message from Mr. Trump that "we are with you".

Pence is also due to visit Montenegro, the alliance's newest member, and make a stop in Georgia, an aspiring member, which fought a brief war with Russian Federation in 2008.

The Kremlin recognized Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries after fighting a five-day war against Tbilisi in 2008.

Pence said the administration initially had concerns that the original bill "did not include the traditional flexibility that is afforded to the State Department or any administration in the conduct of American foreign policy".




Noble Partner 2017 is the third iteration of exercise in Georgia and is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NATO Response Force interoperability in the context of military-to-military relationships.

Mutual defense is a vital issue for the three small former Soviet states that border Russian Federation, which were all occupied for almost five decades by Soviet troops before regaining their independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Pence has reassured them during this tour that Washington firmly backs NATO's doctrine of collective defence.

Monday the former IN governor visited Estonia. Pence made this statement during a visit in Tbilisi.

"The only problem for us, is when this involves the expanding of various alliances and their infrastructure toward our borders".

US Vice President praised Georgian culture.

An Armenian army platoon is taking in part in USA -led multinational military exercises that began in Georgia on Sunday. About 2,800 soldiers from the United States, Britain, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovenia, Armenia and Georgia are taking part in the manoeuvres, which will last for two weeks. The tiny Balkan nation won praise from Washington for joining despite pressure against the move from Russian Federation.

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