The United States Vice President, Mike Pence had on Sunday expressed his condemnation to what he termed Russia’s destabilizing activities but noted that himself and President Donald Trump remain optimistic about a change in actions by the Russian government regarding Ukraine and supporting rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea.
Pence who arrived Estonia on Sunday morning as part of his three-nation tour to reassure NATO allies of US commitment to NATO despite Russia’s power in the region.
The visit was necessary as tension between the US and Russia rises following the new sanctions approved by the US Congress on Russia.
The new sanctions on Russia were in response to conclusions by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and to further punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Vice president Mike Pence is expected to visit Georgia and Montenegro.
In responding to the new sanctions imposed by the US Congress on Russia, President Vladimir Putin said his country will expel 755 U.S. diplomatic staff and could consider imposing additional measures against the United States.