RFE/RL: 'Russian aggression' on agenda as Obama hosts Nordic leaders
12:43, 14 May 2016

RFE/RL: 'Russian aggression' on agenda as Obama hosts Nordic leaders

“The United States and the Nordic countries are concerned by Russia’s growing military presence in the Baltic Sea region, its nuclear posturing, its undeclared exercises and the provocative actions taken by Russian aircraft and naval vessels,”

12:43, 14 May 2016

Russia's increased military assertiveness was high on the agenda as U.S. President Barack Obama hosted the leaders of five Nordic countries at the White House, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty have reported

Obama said the six countries agreed on the need to maintain sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, Obama said that while willing to de-escalate tensions, Washington would also be prepared to counter any perceived Russian aggression.

"We will be maintaining ongoing dialogue and seek cooperation with Russia but we also want to make sure that we are prepared and strong and we want to encourage Russia to keep its military activities in full compliance with international obligations," he said.

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