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.
â€śWith 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.
â€śWhile 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,â€ť Pence added.
Pence then called for the deployment of a â€śrobust missile defenseâ€ť for all of Europe.
â€śWith 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 â€“ including Poland and the Czech Republic â€“ to protect the interests of our NATO allies and the United States in the region,â€ť he said.