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Biden says US will respond to aggression on allies

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite walk prior to their meeting at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Biden arrived in Vilnius for consultations with Lithuania's President Grybauskaite and Latvia's President Andris Berzins, a few hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula. (Photo By The Associated Press)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite walk prior to their meeting at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Biden arrived in Vilnius for consultations with Lithuania's President Grybauskaite and Latvia's President Andris Berzins, a few hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula. (Photo By The Associated Press)
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 08:31 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that the United States will respond to any aggression against NATO allies.Biden told reporters during a visit to the Baltic region Wednesday that there are, quote, "growing costs that come with naked aggression."

Biden spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to annex Ukraine's Crimea region. The United States and other nations are calling that a violation of international law.

Biden says the United States takes its responsibilities under the NATO treaty to help defend member nations "very,very seriously."

Biden spoke at Lithuania's presidential palace after meeting with the presidents of Lithuania and Latvia.

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