Obama in Estonia as Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine

US President Barack Obama arrived in Estonia early Wednesday to meet Baltic leaders and reaffirm Washington’s commitment to the security of ex-Soviet NATO members, as Russia declared NATO a major “threat”. Moscow’s surprise declaration came after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin’s perceived stoking of war in Ukraine. It also comes ahead of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby Obama for military backing.

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