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U.S. President Donald J. Trump assured the leaders of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – at a White House meeting on April 3 that no one has been tougher on Russia than him.McMaster spoke at a dinner hosted by the Atlantic Council for the leaders of the three Baltic states.Trump, whose presidential campaign is the focus of an investigation by special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III into links with Russia, was quick to congratulate Putin over a flawed election victory last month and even invited the Russian president to Washington.The Trump administration has concluded that Russia was also responsible for massive cyberattacks – NotPetya and an attack on critical U.S. infrastructure, including the energy sector.The United States has also substantially increased funding for the European Deterrence Initiative, which provides billions of dollars to U.S. military and allied forces in Europe to deter Russian aggression and prevent conflict, McMaster said.Security was high on the agenda when Trump met the leaders of the three Baltic states at the White House on April 3 .In 2017, Russia conducted a massive and provocative military exercise – known as Zapad – that involved by some estimates up to 100,000 troops.
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