U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Estonia on Tuesday after reassuring Lithuania and Latvia of American and NATO support during his quick visit to the three Baltic states that are increasingly on edge as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
As former Soviet republics, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are now NATO members, and the Biden administration is working to ease any concerns they have about their security in the event that Russia expands its military operations.
Blinken said that the Baltic states have “formed a democratic wall which now stands against the tide of autocracy” that is being pushed by Russia in Europe on Monday in the Latvian capital of Riga. In his words, “The United States is more committed than ever to standing with you as our democracies rise to the challenge,” he said.
Blinken Said: ”We will defend every inch of NATO territory if it comes under attack”
We are strengthening our joint defense so that we and our allies are prepared, Antony Blinken said. NATO and the United States were discussing the permanent stationing of troops in the Baltic states. The U.S. commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pact is “sacrosanct.”
In the event of an attack, NATO will defend every inch of its territory, he said. No one should doubt NATO’s readiness. There can be no doubt about our resolve.”
Having become members of NATO, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are now considered former Soviet republics, and the Biden administration is working to assuage any fears they may have about their security in the event that Russia expands.