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Monday, 01 September 2014 18:59

The Right Visit at the Right Time

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, meets Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Aug. 30, 2013. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, meets Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Aug. 30, 2013.

In advance of the NATO summit on Sept 4–5 in the United Kingdom, President Obama will visit Tallinn, Estonia, to meet with presidents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

This visit is a welcome announcement. The visit sends an important signal to friends and foes alike in the region that the U.S. takes Baltic security and its obligation under NATO seriously, reports The Heritage Foundation.

The U.S. should seize on the momentum of the President’s visit and push for concrete actions to bolster security in NATO’s Central and Eastern European member states. As the Afghan mission winds down and Russian aggression increases, getting back to the basics of collective security should be the top priority for the alliance. There is no better place to start than the Baltic region.

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