TALLINN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- US President Barack Obama reaffirmed on Wednesday NATO'S steady alliance with Baltic states saying that the US would unconditionally come to the defense of its small Baltic allies in case of need.
He said in a written speach that the US would never condone or recognize "the Russian invasion and annexation of any part of Ukraine".
Obama clarified the US and NATO's stance towards Estonia and the other two Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania in a keynote speech on Wednesday in Tallinn, capital of Estonia where he paid a 12-hour-long visit.
"You lost your independence once, (but) with NATO you will never lose it again", he said.
"We have no interest in weakening Russia," Obama also said. "We do not seek out confrontation with Russia."
Obama said that the US had always supported the development of the rule of law in the country.
"That path remains available to Russia," said the president. "But it's a path that starts with Russia changing course and leaving Ukraine so Ukrainians can make their own decisions."
He also reserved a section of his address for Ukraine and the necessity of civil reforms, before calling on NATO to send an unmistakable message to Ukraine as well.
"Ukraine needs more than words," said Obama.
Obama's speech also largely dedicated to reassurance of newer allies, representing perhaps the most powerful expression of support from the US over the last 23 years of restored diplomatic relations.
Obama ended his 12-hour-long visit with joint remarks with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas to the American and Estonian military service members in Estonia.
US president winds up 12-hour visits to Estonia
TALLINN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- US President Barack Obama ended his 12 hours visit to Estonia on Wednesday afternoon reaffirming the US and NATO's alliance with Estonia and the other two Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania.
During his tight and short stay in Tallinn, capital of Estonia, Obama delivered a keynote speech assuring that they (US and NATO) would guarantee the safety and security of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius as they have given the assurance to Berlin, London and Paris. Full Story
Biden reiterates U.S. commitment to NATO collective defense
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed steadfast American commitment to NATO's collective defense amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said.
In a phone call with Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Biden noted the strong bilateral relationship between Slovakia and the United States, and welcomed Kiska's support for strengthening the transatlantic relationship and for Slovakia's contributions to NATO, the White House said in a statement. Full Story