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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Talbott Talks NATO

TALLINN, Estonia -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott this week reassured the three former Soviet Baltic republics that the door to NATO remained open to them - despite strong Russian opposition.

Talbott, in a speech to Estonian leaders and diplomats in Tallinn on Monday, said Washington had made a firm commitment to one day admitting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into the alliance.

"Because of what you've done, are doing and will continue to do, we're committed not only to keeping the door open, but to creating the conditions under which you and your Baltic neighbors can cross the threshold,'' he said.

Talbott was due to arrive in Helsinki, Finland, on Tuesday to discuss strategic arms control with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov.

Diplomats said the talks would focus on Washington's plans to build a national anti-missile system. No further details were available.