NEWSLINK: In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy

Commonwealth of Independent States, European States, adapted from CIA image through Library of Congress

[“In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy” – Reuters 6.1.14]

Reuters covers President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe, including a visit to Poland for their celebration of Freedom Day, a G7 meeting in Brussels and a D-Day commemoration in France.

Of particular interest is whether Obama can offer a more robust response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and whether his administration can do more to help shore up stability in Europe.

President Barack Obama heads to Warsaw, Brussels, Paris and Normandy this week…  expected to elaborate on the U.S. commitment to counter Russian moves against Ukraine and reassure nervous allies the United States has their backs.

… Obama meets with Eastern European leaders – including Ukraine’s president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, on Wednesday – and is expected to address criticism he has not done enough to push back against Moscow after it annexed Crimea …

The president’s trip follows a speech at the U.S. Military Academy last week in which he argued that American leadership in the world should be exercised mainly by diplomacy, multilateral action and economic pressure…

Eastern European statesmen have criticized the Obama administration for not taking a stronger hand:

Obama has long faced calls from Eastern European statesmen to be more forceful, including … Lech Walesa, who led Poland’s Solidarity trade union movement that played a critical role in the overthrow of communism …

Walesa, a former Polish president, said … on Poland’s TVN24 television network … “The superpower has not been up to the job, and therefore the world is at a dangerous point and maybe it really is the case that lots of bad things are happening in the world because there is no leadership” …

While Russia has been kicked out of the former G8, now the G7, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in France for the D-Day commemorations, albeit with no plans apparently set to meet with Obama.

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Map of EU and environs, with Russia and Ukraine also highlighted




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