Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In Georgia, Pence says Trump will back toughened sanctions on Russia

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday pledged U.S. support for Georgia, a former Soviet republic, and said President Donald Trump "very soon" will approve stronger sanctions against Russia.

Georgia, which fought a brief war with Russia in 2008, is among Eastern European nations that feel threatened by the Russian regime, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. That aggression led to existing U.S. sanctions against the Kremlin, which Congress moved to strengthen last week.

"At this very moment, just 40 miles from where we stand, Russian tanks stand on occupied territory in South Ossetia," Pence said at a joint news conference in Tbilisi Tuesday, the Georgian capital, with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. "Today, Russia continues to occupy one-fifth of Georgian territory.

"So to be clear: The United States of America strongly condemns Russia's occupation on Georgia's soil."

On Monday, Pence met with the presidents of three NATO countries -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- and said "an attack on one of us is an attack on us all."

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