Macron: France to stand by Baltic countries on security

April 9, 2018

From left, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a press conference at the Orsay museum in Paris, France, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says France is standing by the Baltic countries on security and defense issues.

The presidents of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia were in Paris on Monday, when they stressed their commitment to NATO amid tensions between the West and Russia.

Macron told the Baltic leaders: “This choice of Europe you made is all the more important in a very troubled and uncertain international context. This situation compels us to pursue the close cooperation between our countries.”

The Baltic states are seen as a bulwark against Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.

None of the leaders made an explicit reference to Russia.

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