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US strengthens ties with central and eastern Europe

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President Barack Obama met with heads of state from more than a dozen central and eastern European countries on Friday during his trip to Poland. The US President wanted to stress the importance of ties with these mostly ex-communist nations, some of which feel neglected since the resetting of relations between America and Russia.

Speaking at the gathering, President Obama said:

“We have taken great inspiration from the blossoming of freedom and economic growth in this region, and we’re confident that we’ll continue. We want to be a part of that process of strengthening your democracies, strengthening your economies and be a full partner, because we think that will be beneficial for the United States as well.”

President Obama joined in with Polish WWII commemorations, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visiting the Warsaw Ghetto. On Saturday he is expected to finalise a deal to set up US air detachment in Poland.