Whatever Russian President Vladimir Putin hoped to accomplish with his attack on the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump, he did not get a honeymoon.
Vice President Mike Pence is set to return Wednesday from a trip to the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, where he traveled from north to south reassuring leaders that they can look over their frontiers knowing that Washington is at their back.
"The president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump, sent me here with a simple message for you and for the people of Georgia: We are with you," Pence said in Tbilisi. "We stand with you. We are proud of our friendship and strategic partnership with the nation and the people of Georgia."
Georgia is not a NATO member, but the United States continues to support it becoming one, Pence said. (European powers are less enthusiastic.)
Estonia and Montenegro, which he also visited, are NATO members. In fact, the tiny Adriatic coast nation of Montenegro is the newest one, following a long campaign of support eventually endorsed by the other 28 members.
NATO's eastward expansion, from its onetime Cold War boundaries into the nations that once were part of the Soviet Union, is a huge frustration for Russia.
For Putin and many other Russians, the growth of the alliance was a betrayal — after promises they thought guaranteed that NATO would stand fast — and a power grab by the United States in their own front yard.Read More...
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