In an address to a “Friends of Indiana” reception in Berlin featuring German business and government leaders, Governor Mike Pence said the United States’ policy in recent years of what he calls “conciliatory diplomacy” towards Russia have failed.
Pence says he addressed the issue because, on his trade mission, discussion of Russia’s actions is everywhere.
“Given the economic ties and obviously all the NATO nations’ proximity to Russia, what’s happening in Ukraine is a focal point and we literally had conversations with people about it from the first day we arrived,” he says.
Pence says the United States must rededicate itself to bolstering the North Atlantic Treaty Organization members to protect not just European interests, but those of America.
“Strengthening the strategic relationship between the United States and NATO and enhancing the defenses of NATO, which is a defense alliance, is absolutely in the interest of economic stability and economic growth,” he says.
Pence says enhancing NATO defenses should include deploying a missile defense system in Europe, particularly in Poland and the Czech Republic.