News / USA

Obama to Reassure NATO Baltic States

Obama to Reassure NATO Baltic Statesi
X
Luis Ramirez
September 01, 2014 1:00 AM
President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a trip to Estonia and later Wales, in Britain, for a gathering of leaders of NATO countries. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Russia's latest actions in Ukraine are making the trip an especially important one.
Obama to Reassure NATO Baltic States
Luis Ramirez

President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a trip to Estonia and later Wales, in Britain, for a gathering of leaders of NATO countries. Russia's latest actions in Ukraine are making the trip an especially important one.

The arrival of U.S. troops in Estonia last April was a concrete sign of American support for Baltic nations feeling threatened by Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

Obama's stop in Estonia -- a NATO member -- is meant to reaffirm America's defense commitments.

“Part of the reason I’ll be going to Estonia is to let the Estonians know that we mean what we say with respect to our treaty obligations,” said the president.

Fresh violence and evidence that Russia is sending hundreds of troops into Ukraine means Obama's visit comes at a critical time.

Estonia, like Ukraine, is a former Soviet Republic, and also like Ukraine, has a large Russian minority. These factors make Estonians feel vulnerable.  

Heather Conley, a former Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State, said, “There has always been a great fear in the Baltic states that if push came to shove, they question whether NATO would really have their back. And I think it’s very clear, not only with words and our solidarity, but we’ve actually put U.S. soldiers, hardware, in the Baltic states.”

But NATO's capacity to fulfill its commitments is another question. With European members cutting their defense budgets, much of the burden of providing equipment and personnel for alliance missions is falling on the U.S.

The president plans to call on member nations to do more.

“Part of the reason I think this NATO meeting is going to be so important is to refocus attention on the critical function that NATO plays to make sure that every country is contributing in order to deliver on the promise of our Article 5 assurances,” said Obama.

U.S. officials hope the crisis in Ukraine will be enough of a wake-up call for NATO members to realize they should boost their contributions.

 

 

 

You May Like

Will Cuba Follow the Southeast Asia Model?

Decision to restore ties between US and Cuba has some debating whether it will lead to enhancement or regression of democracy for Communist island nation More

Kenyan Designer Finds Her Niche in Fashion Industry

‘Made in China’ fabrics underlie her success More

Report: CIA, Israel's Mossad Killed Senior Hezbollah Commander

The Washington Post story says Imad Mughniyah was killed instantly by a bomb "triggered remotely" from Tel Aviv by Mossad agents More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, USA
September 01, 2014 8:01 AM
There do remain many independent states on earth their sovereignty thay can not defend in consequence of any external aggression upon their rex territory, their people, their govt......... any strong internal rebellion, insurgency even. The prominent power blocks that's with the military pacts both the Super Power states do have many states in their allegiance. The military Warsaw pact is an obsolete one - once headed by the erstwhile Soviet Union, but our NATO has withstood the test, passage of time of the Cold War and the current World Transition.......

To attaining the NATO summit, president Obama moves to the Baltic state of Estonia, a NATO member state, is a right move; so, sending troops there to deter the Russian move. May be, malgre the Warsaw pact and the former Soviet Union are dissolved, still Russia remains powerful, with the possession of the n-stockpiles that can challenge any state on earth including America. Seeing the volatility in Ukraine, it appears that the current Russian govt. does have the same vindication - anti-west bias.And, it's the real cause of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.......The Baltic states are the NATO new NATO members whereas

the Ukraine state is not yet. It has given the opportunity to the Russian govt. to keep its eyes upon Ukraine than the Baltic states where a realistic NATO deterrent remains against Russia...... The anti-West bias and its very intervention in Ukraine is a sample example of it. Proper NATO strategies of military, politico-diplomatic, economic and other dimensions are necessary to collectively deterring Russia on its borders aside even. It's necessary to bolster the Baltic states in terms of strength now; and, at the same time, to bail Ukraine out of the Russian coup.


by: Michael from: S-Pb
September 01, 2014 7:00 AM
for everything of the United States and made in Ukraine. To do this, and paid the money Kiev junta.


by: Vic from: New Zealand
September 01, 2014 6:17 AM
Russia and China can now see that the USA is a Super Pussy, not a Super Power. Yes, other countries need to fight harder for their freedom, but the West did reassure Ukraine when it surrendered its nuclear weapons that it would be supported against Russian aggression.


by: Anonymous
September 01, 2014 3:57 AM
Betrayed Ukrainians will soon make U-turn in its priorities. They love the west and wanted to be part of it but we don't want to defend them,help them,instead we sent military help to Kurds. They are standing alone and face death with Russia. We left them alone. Nobody will turn its face to the West,it will turn rather back.


by: jay from: New York
August 31, 2014 11:54 PM
If a country has no chance to defend itself against it's neighbor, than giving arms to that country is just causing more civilian deaths, more instability, and more involvement by countries that need not feed the cripple. What is so important about keeping Ukraine for the West, golden cabbage, I know it can't be the beer!


by: Greg Yount from: Colorado
August 31, 2014 11:23 PM
I be very nervous if i were a NATO ally!!! as we just need to have shown that so should be in the face of Putin's aggression so farI would not believe any reassurances from it's become very clear that none of the Western powers have any stomach for anything stronger than half assed sanctions, and Putin has left in the face of every sanction so far and continued his march into Ukraine!!!!


by: Tom Murphy from: Homeland America
August 31, 2014 10:37 PM
People in NATO member countries need to get out of their comfort zone and get their home country military forces mobilized and armed with anti-tank weapons. Follow the examples of Israel and Finland during World War II who have fought beyond their material capabilities. Then when US forces come to your aid, you will have a head start in defeating your enemy.


by: tiktin from: Boise, Idaho
August 31, 2014 10:28 PM
And so what is NATO going to do? Declare war on Russia? Have you considered what war with Russia would mean? It would mean the destruction of the United States and Europe. It would make World War II look like a picnic. It would mean that you and you family, along with all other families would die. Isn't it time to stop and think before spouting silly nonsense?


by: wavettore from: USA
August 31, 2014 10:26 PM
“Tertium non datur” the Romans used to say. That means there is no third possibility. Only two concepts exist: egalitarian and pyramidal. What you see in the Middle East and in general all over the World is the fruit of one of the two since the egalitarian system is still today an abstraction. The same pyramidal system applied by the Animal kingdom is also the only system adopted by all "Human" societies. To continue in the same Direction would lead to a New World Order as its natural destination and apotheosis of that concept which was written by Two Hands.

The Two Hands
Also visible in the Animal kingdom, the brutal Strength is no better or worse than the deadly Deception.
Two are the Hands to cross and shape our World
to mold It like a vase of clay and put their own seal
the scepter of command, illusion of reward
to drive at will one Destiny with no steering wheel

In the last World war, the Hand of Strength and Hand of Deception have crossed once again.
Strength personified by the Axis and Deception by the Allies.
Gestapo versus CIA.
One long scar still bleeds over this Planet.
With Strength defeated, the winners of the War have extended their cunning Hand, robbed the whole World and transformed each town in a place where Deception is the only reality.
Two new blocks were soon formed right after the War.
UK and USA celebrated Capitalism
while
Russia instead was infatuated with Communism

The Two Hands had only changed gloves.

http://www.wavevolution.org/en/freethinking.html

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Lateri
X
Deborah Block
January 31, 2015 12:12 AM
Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
Video

Video Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Later

Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
Video

Video Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest

Egypt plans to expand the Suez Canal, raising hopes that the end of its economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better for everyday Egyptians. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Threat of Creeping Lava Has Hawaiians on Edge

Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Creatively Promotes 'Patriotic' Propaganda

As Russia's President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia's urban youth with patriotic propaganda. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Filmmakers Produce Hand-Painted Documentary on Van Gogh

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Issues or Ethnicity? Question Divides Nigeria

As Nigeria goes to the polls next month, many expect the two top presidential contenders to gain much of their support from constituencies organized along ethnic or religious lines. But are faith and regional blocs really what political power in Nigeria is about? Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
Video

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid