Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Obama in Warsaw

Obama landed in Warsaw today (Tuesday), his first stop on a visit to Europe meant to reaffirm U.S. commitment to its NATO allies. Discussions this week are expected to be dominated by the crisis in Ukraine.

In a news conference with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama announced plans for a $1 billion initiative to boost military training and troop rotations in Europe, including more naval deployments in the Black and Baltic Seas.

He said the initiative, which would require U.S. congressional approval, demonstrates America's "unshakable commitment" to its NATO allies.

In turn, President Komorowski promised Obama that Poland would be increasing its defense spending. "Poland intends to increase the level of financing of its own army to 2 percent of GDP," President Komorowski said after the crisis in Ukraine made the NATO alliance rethink its defense priorities.

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