U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday the United States is committed to working with European allies, despite occasional disagreements.
She also called NATO the “strongest alliance in history,” and said the U.S. is working to make the organization “even more effective.”
Her comments echo those made by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday, when he told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the U.S. is committed to its NATO allies, but other countries also need to share the fiscal burden of defense more evenly.
Haley said she believes the U.S. can have a better relationship with Russia, but greater cooperation with Russia “can't come at the expense of our European friends and allies.”
“That is why we continue to urge Russia to show a commitment to peace by fully implementing the commitments under the Minsk agreements and ending its occupation of Crimea,” she said. “The United States and the EU remain united in this approach, keeping sanctions in place until Moscow fully honors its Minsk commitments.”
Under the 2015 Minsk agreement, Ukraine, Russia and Russia-backed separatists agreed to end the crisis in Ukraine, beginning with the withdrawal of heavy weapons.