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Senator McCain reassures Baltic nations of U.S. support

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 01:37

Senior Republican senator John McCain arrives in Estonia to reassure Baltic states concerned that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may not be fully committed to their defence. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Senior Republican senator John McCain arrived in Estonia on Tuesday (December 27) on a visit seen as a bid to reassure Baltic states concerned that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may not be fully committed to their defence. Trump unnerved many in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia by saying on the campaign trail he would consider a country's contributions to the NATO alliance before coming to its aid. Russian military involvement in Ukraine and Georgia has stoked fears in the Baltics that their former Soviet master might eventually try something similar there. McCain, seen as a defence policy hawk, has asked Trump to take a tough line against Russia over what's been termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine. "At this time, when we see things like the cyber attacks that are being conducted by Russia, China and other countries, when we see the continued aggression in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, our relationship is more important than perhaps it has been in long time," McCain said at a news conference during his visit to the Baltic country. "The best way to prevent Russian misbehaviour is by having a credible, strong military and a strong NATO alliance of which Estonia is a very important part," he added. McCain will travel to Latvia on Wednesday and Lithuania on Thursday, to meet heads of state and top defence officials.

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Senator McCain reassures Baltic nations of U.S. support

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 01:37