US VP wants better relations with Russian Federation

FILE – Vice President Mike Pence center on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and other partner countries on Sunday, a day before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the ex-Soviet nation.

'At this very moment, Russian Federation continues to redraw worldwide boarders by force, undermine democracies of soverign nations and divide the free nations of Europe one against another, ' Mr Pence said. He emphasized that even though under [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump, the policy of the United States of America is to place the security and the prosperity of America first, but added that "America First" does not mean "America Alone".

Pence is now in Georgia after meeting with the presidents of several Baltic states in Estonia.

When asked if there was a way out of the political impasse, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there needed to be the political will to restore relations and called for the sanctions against Russian Federation to end.

US Vice President Mike Pence has told Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania the US remains committed to defending them against Russian Federation during a visit to the Baltic states.

"We talked about the upcoming (Russian military) maneuvers near the Estonian border. and how Estonia, the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should monitor them and exchange information", Ratas said. There are around 1,200 staff members working at these missions, though it is not clear how many are USA citizens.

"At the heart of our alliance is a solemn promise that an attack on one is an attack on all", he said.

President Donald Trump campaigned heavily on the message of "America first", which has influenced his politics after moving into the Oval Office.

The US has been rotating units into the Baltics and Poland since 2014, when the region was shaken by Russia's incursion into Ukraine and its subsequent annexation of Crimea.

Lithuania said it was eager to have Patriot missiles when the United States military displayed the system in the country earlier this month after using them in an exercise there. "We continue to believe that if Russian Federation will change its behavior, our relationship can change for the good and improve for the interests in both of our countries and the interest of peace and stability in this region and around the world".

Moscow's demand that the United States cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russian Federation will not lessen Washington's commitment to its allies, U.S. vice president Mike Pence said on Monday.

United States Vice-President Mike Pence has said that "all options are on the table" in countering North Korea's nuclear programme, while speaking about reining in the threat during his trip to Estonia.

Pence offered optimism that the U.S. -Russia relationship might improve but said that any warming would come with a shift in Moscow's behavior.

Local media reported that Ratas also planned to discuss with Pence the issue of bringing anti-aircraft missiles to Estonia.

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

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