Bush warns Moscow against 'bullying' neighbours
American President George W Bush has extended his support to smaller countries around the Russia. He also assured full cooperation to visiting leaders of these nations. USA is trying to seek greater energy cooperation with Lithuania and going to allow Lithuanians to travel to the United States without first seeking a visa by mid-October.
US President George W Bush met with the leaders of Lithuania and Ukraine to discuss the fallout from Russia's war in Georgia and warned M oscow against "bullying" its democratic neighbours. In separate White House talks, Bush sought to reassure the former Soviet republics of US support in the face of a newly assertive Kremlin, which some analysts warn may be sizing up other neighbours after the August conflict.
Bush, meeting with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, said they had "talked about Georgia-Russia, and the need for democracies to be able to stand on their own feet without fear of bullying."
Bush also pledged help for Lithuania, as the former Soviet republic and NATO member looks to diversify its sources of energy, and restated the US obligation under the NATO charter to come to the aid of an alliance member under attack.
"It's important for the people of Lithuania to know that when the United States makes a commitment through, for example, Article 5 of the treaty, we mean it," the US president assured his guest.
With Lithuania seeking greater energy independence, Bush pledged the United States will "try to help you as best as we can."
And the US president expressed "hope" that, by mid-October, Lithuanians would be able to travel to the United States without first seeking a visa.
Adamkus thanked Bush for his support for Lithuania joining NATO, which it did in 2004, saying that would not have happened without US leadership "and the entire security question in the region would be in doubt."