United States Sen. Deb Fischer has led a Congressional delegation tour of a number of Eastern European countries.
Fischer says the group, which included a number of senators and one member of the House, visited several countries that were formerly part of the communist bloc under the control of the Soviet Union.
“And were able to meet with their prime ministers, with their defense ministers, and really hear their views and, for the most part, their fears about their neighbor: Russia,” Fischer tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fischer is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee on which she serves as chair of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.
Fischer says Eastern European leaders discussed their worries about the renewed aggressiveness of Russia, demonstrated most forcibly in its clash with Ukraine.
“Especially Estonia and Romania were very concerned,” Fischer says. “We talked about NATO and the role that NATO has with these countries and the response that NATO would give if there is some action taken by Russia against these countries that are really on the front line there now.”
Fischer says the Congressional delegation discussed regional security worries, including cybersecurity and missile defense.