Time: 10:57 p.m. CEST
The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised NATO, but Pence said nothing on the European Union, online Washington Post writes on Munich Security Conference, where Pence reassured allies on strong support of the U.S. to NATO.
In a video by the Associated Press, Pence said, “The United States of America strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering commitment to this Trans-Atlantic alliance.” After the words of support, Pence requested of majority of NATO members to deliver on their commitments by spending 2% of countries GDP on defense.
“The promise to share the burden of our defense has gone unfulfilled for too many, for too long, it erodes the very foundation of our alliance,” Pence said.
Pence delivered the message to the attendees at the Munich Security Conference that we must Russia accountable on Ukraine. Pence called for implementation of Minsk agreement and de-escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine.
“With regard to Ukraine, we must hold Russia accountable and demand that under Minsk agreements beginning by deescalating the violence in eastern Ukraine.
The Washington Post said while German Chancellor Merkel offered her opinion on broader international organizations as key in the post-Cold War global order, Pence’s “silence on the E.U. may only fuel fears among European allies that the new leadership in the White House will embrace only some aspects of European unity, while rejecting others.”
Pence would travel tomorrow in Brussels. On Monday, the U.S. Vice-President will meet E.U. representatives.