Ilves Meeting Obama in Warsaw ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is attending a working lunch today in Warsaw with US President Barack Obama and Eastern and Central European leaders at the invitation of their Polish counterpart Bronisław Komorowski.

The leaders will discuss Russia’s aggressive actions and the ensuing crisis in Ukraine, energy security and preparations for the NATO summit in Wales this fall, as well as increasing the presence of the alliance in Central and Eastern Europe, reported today.

The meeting takes place in a completely transformed atmosphere when compared to the previous meetings in Prague, Warsaw and Bratislava.

Four years ago, Ilves said that the security of Europe was a problem until the end of the Cold War, and that the expansion of NATO and the European Union solved the issue. Now, Russia’s actions such as the annexation of Crimea and support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine have completely transformed the situation, which is the incentive for the Warsaw meeting.