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President Kaljulaid met with Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States of America

President Kaljulaid met with Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States of America
President Kersti Kaljulaid and the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence.
© Toms Kalniņš/Office of the President of the Republic of Latvia

President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, and the heads of state of Latvia and Lithuania met today in Munich with the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence. The meeting focused on security issues and the participants confirmed the close mutual co-operation between the USA and Europe, and between the USA and the Baltic states.

"Even the fact that the new US administration is strongly represented at the Munich Security Conference serves to show that strong Trans-Atlantic relations, co-operation and contribution to NATO remain highly valued in Washington. The same message was also repeated to all three Baltic states by the US Vice President in person. He said he is glad that Estonia is among the countries that allocate two percent to their defence budgets and Latvia and Lithuania will reach the same level next year. As for the role of NATO, we share a similar position as that of Vice President Pence – the Alliance represents deterrence and guarantees, along with obligations. The members states are required to fulfil the obligations they have taken, as this alone will keep NATO strong. Only the strong establish peace," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

The Head of State thanked Vice President Pence for his speech, which conveyed a strong message and was delivered at the Munich Security Conference this morning; the Vice President emphasised that Europe remains an irreplaceable ally for the United States of America, primarily in the sphere of security; the US maintains its promises and shared values – freedom, democracy and the principles observed by a state based on the rule of law – with Europe.

The situation in Ukraine and adherence to the Minsk Agreements were also discussed at the meeting. "I emphasised that by attacking Ukraine, Russia has violated the principles of international law. Russia has no "special" right in Ukraine and shouldn't also have any special interests. Therefore, it is important for countries that think as we do to stand collectively for the continued implementation of the current sanctions," stated President Kaljulaid.


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