U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassures the Baltic states of American commitment to NATO as tensions rise with Russia. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday (July 31) assured Baltic leaders of his country's commitment to common defence within NATO's Article 5. "A strong and united NATO is more necessary today than at any point since the collapse of communism a quarter-century ago," Pence said in a joint news conference with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Pence met with the Baltic leaders as part of his official visit to Estonia, Montenegro and Georgia. All three countries share a history of being strongly influenced by Russia, either by being incorporated into the Soviet empire or by being allies during the cold war.