Pence’s Int'l Trip May Bolster Attacks on Russia, Montenegrin Politician Says

© Photo : Matthias SchraderUnited States Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany
United States Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany - Sputnik International
Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro will likely use US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to voice once again their anti-Russian positions, a Montenegrin opposition politician said on Tuesday.

Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attend an official dinner in Tbilisi, Georgia July 31, 2017 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A member of the Presidency of Montenegro’s opposition Democratic People's Party (DNP) told Sputnik he believes that the governments of Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro are likely to use US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to their countries to capitalize on promoting anti-Russian sentiments in the hope of advancing their own narrow, political interests.

On Sunday, the US vice president started a four-day visit to Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro. During Monday's joint press conference with presidents Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, and Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania in Tallinn, Pence accused Russia of alleged aggression toward the Baltic states and expressed the United States’ readiness to protect the countries under its NATO commitments.

"As for Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro, sadly all three countries will use this opportunity to tighten and voice once again their anti-Russian positions, while blindly hoping to benefit from that kind of one sided politics, while not thinking about the eventual cost of it," Aleksandar Sekuliс said.

Sekuliс stated that, from the United States' perspective, the vice president’s visit could be used to reinforce US influence within the region. The United States would do this in order to demonstrate to its European allies that despite major cuts in the budget for US foreign military assistance programs, Washington would continue "to pursue the policies aimed at bringing up the walls against Russia."

"The latest package of non-provoked sanctions against Russia, which soon to be signed by Mr. [President Donald] Trump, is an additional wind in the wings of this particular visit," the politician said, referring to the latest sanctions package approved by the US Senate on Thursday, which now awaits either approval or veto by the US president.

US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech next to Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid as they visit NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence mission and Estonian troops in Tallinn, Estonia July 31, 2017. - Sputnik International
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As part of his two-day visit to Estonia, Pence met with the country’s servicemen and NATO troops deployed in Estonia. On Tuesday, the US vice president is also expected to visit US and Georgian troops participating in the Noble Partner drills in Georgia.

Moscow has repeatedly said that Russia has never planned to attack any NATO member. According Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's June 2016 statement, NATO recognizes Moscow's claims but uses the pretext of alleged Russian aggression to deploy more equipment and battalions next to Russia's borders.

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