VILNIUS Senior Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham arrive in Estonia on Tuesday on a visit seen as a bid to reassure Baltic states concerned that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may not be fully committed to their defence.
Trump unnerved many in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia by saying on the campaign trail he would consider a country’s contributions to the NATO alliance before coming to its aid.
Russian military involvement in Ukraine and Georgia has stoked fears in the Baltics their former Soviet master might eventually try something similar there.
“I think this visit is being done to emphasize that, whatever happens after the inauguration, the U.S. Senate will be something the Baltic states can calmly rely upon,” Zygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuania’s former ambassador to the United States, told Reuters.
McCain and Graham, who travel to Latvia on Wednesday and Lithuania on Thursday, will meet heads of state and top defence officials.
The two, seen as defence…