Baltic states urge strong U.S. defence commitment to region

Baltic states urge strong U.S. defence commitment to region
# 14 December 2016 17:52 (UTC +04:00)

The defence ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia renewed their call on Wednesday for a strong U.S. engagement in the Baltic region amid concerns over the attitude of the incoming Trump administration, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Donald Trump said during the U.S. presidential campaign that he would consider a country's contribution to the NATO alliance before coming to its defence, rattling many in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia who fear a more assertive Russia.

Estonia meets NATO's defence spending target of two percent of national output, while Latvia and Lithuania say they aim to reach that level in the next few years.

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