March 20, 2014
Issuing an outright warning to Moscow, Vice President Joe Biden
declared Wednesday the United States will respond to any aggression
against its NATO allies, as Russia’s neighbors looked warily to the
escalating crisis in nearby Ukraine.
Standing side by side with a pair of Baltic leaders in Vilnius,
Lithuania, Biden said the U.S. was “absolutely committed” to defending
its allies, adding that President Barack Obama plans to seek concrete
commitments from NATO members to ensure the alliance can safeguard its
In a jab at Russia, he said the U.S. stands resolutely with Baltic
states in support of the Ukrainian people against Russian aggression.