Biden to Baltic States: Don't Take Trump Seriously

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden assured Baltic countries on Tuesday the United States would respect NATO's pledge to protect them and said comments to the contrary by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should not be taken seriously.

"As a matter of fact our presence will be enhanced, there will be more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners on the Russian border, there will be more than a single tripwire", Biden said, referring to NATO's July decision to deploy troops from the U.K., Germany and Canada in the Baltic states and Poland.

"Don't listen to that other fellow". America will never fail to defend our allies.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves pose for a photo during a press conference after their meeting in Riga, Latvia, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. He made this comment in June, when asked about Russia's threatening activities, including its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine.

Before the July 15 coup, Turkey had already submitted 84 dossiers on Gulen and his movement to USA authorities, and has since sent another four since the coup, Yildirim said.

"T$3 he fact that you occasionally hear something from a presidential candidate in the other party, it's nothing [that] should be taken seriously, because I don't even think he understands what Article 5 is", Biden said.

During a speech later in the day, Biden reiterated his point, painting Trump as uninformed about the issue.

Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, offers "a greater guarantee of maintaining trans-Atlantic cooperation", he added.

Biden was referring to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which deals with collective defense.

Referring to NATO's July decision to deploy multi-national battalions led by Canada, Germany, Britain and the USA in the Baltic states and Poland, Biden said "the concern that the United States is somehow disengaging from the region is simply not true". The Vice President also encouraged Prime Minister Kucinskis to pursue reforms to increase the efficiency and transparency of the judicial system, noting that slow and opaque court proceedings are a significant obstacle to greater investment by U.

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