Biden offers reassurance to Latvian prime minister

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has reassured the prime minister of Latvia that in the face of Russian assertiveness in Ukraine, the United States is committed to the collective defense of NATO allies.

Biden met with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma at the White House Tuesday. The White House said Straujuma thanked the United States for boosting NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission and for deploying U.S. paratroopers to conduct exercises in Latvia.

Biden recently traveled to Lithuania, where he met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvian President Andris Berzins in a show of support for the former Soviet republics that are now members of the NATO alliance.

The White House says both leaders agreed that the U.S. and Europe must remain unified in confronting Russia.

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