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>> The United States of America strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering in our commitment to this transatlantic alliance.>>
>> US Vice President Mike Pence's first major foreign policy address marked by thunderous applause and then minutes of uneasy quiet, as he took aim at both NATO allies and Russia with their leadership in the audience.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, repeating the Trump administration's mantra, the US backs its allies, but only if they pull their weight. Reuters' Robin Emmet is there.>> Part of the problem for European officials trying to work out what exactly the Trump administration stands for are the mixed messages that we're getting across the Atlantic.
So here in Europe we're seeing a very strong traditional foreign policy message, while back in Washington we've had the resignation of a National Security Council adviser. And I think that is still very much in the forefront of people's minds here in Munich.>> He was referring to NATO's guideline that members contribute 2% of their GDP to defense.
A rule that only the US and a handful of the 28 allies adhere to. Although some have recently increased their budgets. And Russia's foreign minister seated nearby as Pence said Washington would stand up to Moscow, even while looking for common ground.>> Another problem for Pence here in Europe is Trump is trying to orchestrate a new policy on Russia, but he won't have much to show for it.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister here today, speaking in very broad terms about wanting to work with the new US administration, but really not putting forward any new ideas.>> The futures of Russia, Europe, and the month-old Trump administration going deeper into uncertainty.