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Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and business leaders continued a US state-side visit, with the head of the Estonian government meeting US Vice President Joe Biden and addressing the Atlantic Council on Wednesday.

In the meeting with Biden, Rõivas thanked the second-in-command for American support, while Biden acknolwedged Estonia's defense spending and, he said, being a role model for other NATO allies.

Rõivas said that with the fundamental defense spending commitment by the Estonian government plus the costs of hosting the increased allied presence due to Russia's belligerence, Estonia spends more than the minimum 2 percent on defense.

Discussion also touched on energy security and recent moves by Estonia and Finland to reduce gas dependence on Russia.

Next week's European Council meeting, expected to address sanctions on Russia, was mentioend by the leaders. Both expressed resolve for additional sanctions if required.

From the meeting with Biden, Rõivas headed to the Capitol to meet Speaker of the House John Boehner, followed by a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank. Rõivas will be in the US until December 14.



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