Faecbook Post: September 3, 2014

Some highlights from President Obama’s speech in Estonia today:

“Countries like Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania are not post-Soviet territory; you are sovereign and independent nations, with the right to make your own decisions. No other nation gets to veto your security decisions.”

“As a result of state-run propaganda, many Russians have become convinced that the action taken by their government is strengthening Russia. But reaching back to the days of the czars, trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century, is surely not the way to secure Russia’s greatness in the 21st century.”

“Just as we never accepted the occupation and illegal annexation of the Baltic nations, we will not accept Russia’s occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea or any part of Ukraine.”

“We will defend our NATO allies, and that means every ally… the defense of Tallin and Riga and Vilnius is just as important as the defense of Berlin and Paris and London.”

“If, in such a moment, you ever ask again, ‘Who will come to help?’ you’ll know the answer: the NATO alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Right here. Present. Now. We will be here for Estonia. We will be here for Latvia. We will be here for Lithuania. You lost your independence once before; with NATO you will never lose it again.”

-President Barack


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