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In Estonia, Obama vows to defend Baltic states, invokes NATO policy
In Estonia, Obama vows to defend Baltic states, invokes NATO policy

President Obama pledged Wednesday that the U.S. would go to war if necessary to protect former Soviet territories in the Baltic region from Russia and signaled new steps to strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend itself, sharply raising the stakes in the confrontation with Moscow over its actions in Eastern Europe. "The defense of Tallinn and Riga and Vilnius is just as important as the defense of Berlin and Paris and London," Obama said in a speech here, referring to the capitals of the three Baltic nations, which joined NATO in 2004 after being under Soviet rule for decades. The NATO treaty "is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all," Obama said....

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