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US Vice-President: we cannot imagine better allies than Baltics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCooperation between Baltic States and United States of America remains strong, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis after his meeting with Baltic presidents and US Vice-President Mike Pence.

During their meeting, which was organized as part of the International Munich Security Conference, participants discussed matters related to cooperation between Baltics and USA in the field of security and defence, introduction of NATO Warsaw summit, increase of defence funding in Baltic States, as well as cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, as reported by the president’s press-service.

«Matters of state security and defence are important priorities for Latvia. By increasing state budget expenses on defence, the country will secure 2% of GDP next year in accordance with NATO commitments,» Vejonis said during talks.

The president affirmed that Latvia will do everything to ensure the acceptance of NATO forces in the country and realize decisions made at the NATO summit in Warsaw regarding the increase of presence of allied forces in Baltics and Poland.

«We are happy with USA’s readiness to deepen cooperation with Baltic States in the field of security, which includes land and air defence, border defence, cyber security, energy security and resilience against different threats and enhancement of our institutions’ coordination on a national and regional level,» Vejonis said.

The president said Latvia’s commitment to contribute to the international fight against terrorism by providing humanitarian aid and training of local forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is important.

Pence affirmed that USA strongly supports NATO, and the country’s support for the alliance will be clear and steadfast.

The US Vice-President highly valued the fact that all Baltic States either have already increased or have made plans to increase their defence budgets to 2% of GDP in the near future.

Pence also confirmed the view of the new US administration that Russia has to perform its international commitments and comply with Minsk treaty.

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