Pence takes tough tone on Russian Federation after Moscow retaliates against sanctions legislation

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'At this very moment, Russian Federation continues to redraw global boarders by force, undermine democracies of soverign nations and divide the free nations of Europe one against another, ' Mr Pence said.

Pence was in Tallinn meeting with the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

On Friday, United States senators voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill enhancing sanctions against Russian Federation, but Trump has yet to sign it into law, and speculation has been raised over if he'll actually veto the bill instead. "But the president and our Congress are unified in our message: a better relationship and the lifting of sanctions will require Russian Federation to reverse the actions that caused the sanctions to be imposed in the first place".

US Vice-President Mike Pence on Sunday raised the possibility of deploying the Patriot anti-missile defence system in Estonia, one of three Nato Baltic states anxious by Russian expansionism, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said.

Mr Pence made Estonia his first stop on a visit to eastern Europe that will also take in Georgia and Montenegro, where he'll meet Balkan Nato members and aspirants.

Pence visiting Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro to signal support and draw line under perceived aggression from Moscow.

The vice president's statement came the same day US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on China to clear up its mind on imposing greater sanctions against North Korea.

Over the 25 years since Georgia and the USA established diplomatic relations, "the U.S.' financial and political help has been decisive for forming and preserving Georgia's statehood", he said.


Moscow's move showed that its earlier hopes for an improvement in Russia-U.S. ties after Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election have withered.

At a joint press conference with Kaljulaid and Latvian and Lithuanian Presidents Raimonds Vejonis and Dalia Grybauskaite, Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of the Baltic states and any of the treaty allies of the United States.

The United States proudly stood with you as you labored under Communist occupation.

Specific agreements with the US Patriot SAM Estonians yet.

But he also said he could not see a change in relations "anytime soon".

Pence also said the USA believes China should do more to rein in the regime.

Local media reported that Ratas also planned to discuss with Pence the issue of bringing anti-aircraft missiles to Estonia. Those actions were in response to Russia's election meddling, as well as its continued military aggression in Ukraine.

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