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US Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence has reaf­firmed Washington’s com­mit­ment to the se­cu­rity of the Baltic states if they face any ag­gres­sion from Rus­sia.

Speak­ing in Es­to­nia, he called Rus­sia their big­gest se­cu­rity threat, telling the Nato al­lies: “An at­tack on one of us is an at­tack on us all.”

The re­marks come amid grow­ing ten­sions as Rus­sia or­ders a cut in US diplo­matic staff num­bers.

The move was in re­tal­i­a­tion for new US sanc­tions against Rus­sia.

The Baltic states - Es­to­nia, Lithua­nia and Latvia - all achieved in­de­pen­dence as a re­sult of the break-up of the Soviet Union.

They have grown in­creas­ingly wary of Rus­sia since its an­nexed the Ukrainian penin­sula of Crimea in 2014, and count on Nato al­lies com­ing to their aid in the event of any Rus­sian ac­tion.

There had been doubts about Pres­i­dent Trump’s com­mit­ment to the key Nato prin­ci­ple of mu­tual de­fence, af­ter he did not men­tion it dur­ing a visit to Nato’s Brus­sels head­quar­ters in May and in­stead lam­basted fel­low mem­bers for not spend­ing enough on de­fence.

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