President Trump’s Support for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

BOOSTING DEFENSE AND SECURITY COOPERATION: President Donald J. Trump supports strengthening efforts to enhance the defense and security of our Baltic NATO Allies.

  • The United States plans to provide nearly $100 million for procurement of large-caliber ammunition and over $70 million in training and equipping programs to the Baltics to build the capacity of the national military or national-level security forces of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • The United States continues to improve defense and security infrastructure in the Baltic region, strengthen Baltic national resilience efforts, and build defense capacity through security assistance programs such as Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military Education and Training (IMET).
    • The Baltic States have together traditionally received about $3.5 million annually in IMET assistance to allow 150 students to attend formal training at military academies in the United States.
  • U.S. forces cooperate with Baltic troops in a range of advanced multinational training events, including the U.S.-led SABER STRIKE and BALTOPS exercises.
    • More than 5,000 U.S. troops will join multinational forces in this year’s SABER STRIKE exercise, the largest event of its kind to take place in the Baltic region.

ADVANCING ENERGY SECURITY: President Trump reinforces Baltic efforts to diversify energy sources and increase competitiveness in energy markets.

  • Recognizing vulnerabilities in Baltic energy infrastructure, the United States will work with key stakeholders in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to improve resilience in the Baltic energy sector. These efforts will include:
    • Providing expertise to enhance capacities to prevent, detect, thwart, and recover from hostile cyber-attacks; and
    • Offering technical assistance to support energy diversification projects, including synchronizing the Baltic and European electric grids.

ENRICHING PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE TIES: President Trump advances closer relations between the American, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian populations through exchanges and cultural programs. 

  • The United States will commit $3 million to work with the three Baltic states to build public and institutional resiliency against disinformation by strengthening independent media outlets, public service broadcasters, and media literacy skills in the region.
  • In honor of 100 years of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian independence, the United States will bring more than 100 youth from the Baltic states to the United States on U.S.-sponsored exchange programs.
  • U.S. Embassies in Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn are hosting special centennial programs throughout 2018.
  • The U.S. Department of State is partnering with the Baltic-American community to produce an exhibit highlighting the continuity of our relationship and our strong bilateral and regional ties.

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6 years ago

This is good news – that, finally, America is paying attention to the needs of our allies instead of appeasing and supporting our enemies, who have shown no gratitude, but disdain, chaos and crime by coming here, illegally on their own or illegally invited by the democratic/RINO liberals, as “refugees” demanding rights and full compensation, to which they are not entitled. Another job well done, Mr. President!

Gladys Randolph
Gladys Randolph
6 years ago

I am happy to hear about your attention to the Baltic States. They will be good allies, I believe, from my experience with the people there.

R. D. Roseborough
R. D. Roseborough
6 years ago

I strongly support our supporting these allies and any assistance we can give them will promote freedom among freedom-loving peoples. We should support all of these countries, Ukraine, and European countries who depend so much on Russian fossil fuels and are regularly threatened and extorted by Russia concerning supplying them with fossil fuels. We should provide them with an American alternative for supplying these fuels to keep Russian threats in check. Reagan brought down the USSR using economic means. If the GDP of Russia is equivalent to Italy or Spain and depends primarily on sale of fossil fuels, we should do the same thing to put a bridle on Putin and rein in his threats against us. He needs to find out that we are definitely NOT a paper tiger!!!

6 years ago

All of you are a great supporters for our President Donald J. Trump. me too. He is doing a great job for our Country! M.A.G.A!

6 years ago

Thanksfor stopping by and sharing with us Deb!

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