Gov. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) on Wednesday declared the “reset” of U.S.-Russian relations a failure and called for the construction of a European missile defense shield to deter Russian aggression.
‚ÄúWith Russian aggression on the rise again, it is clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed, Pence said at a Friends of Indiana reception in Berlin, Germany.
‚ÄúWhile new sanctions are of some value, in the interest of our alliance, I believe the United States and the EU must respond with deeds more than words to strengthen our economic and strategic defenses,‚ÄĚ Pence added.
Pence then called for the deployment of a ‚Äúrobust missile defense‚ÄĚ for all of Europe.
‚ÄúWith continued instability in the Middle East, and Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missile defense in all of Europe ‚Äď including Poland and the Czech Republic ‚Äď to protect the interests of our NATO allies and the United States in the region,‚ÄĚ he said.