The president's gestures of alliance were similar to reassurances and promises of increased military presence he made to Poland this spring, and there remained little new in the West’s strategy for confronting Moscow in the months since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine and backed separatist militias in the eastern part of the country.
France’s president did announce later Wednesday that the country is suspending delivery of a warship to Russia, saying in a statement that Russia's escalating aggression in Ukraine harms “the foundations of security in Europe,” according to the Associated Press. Allies had pressed for the move for months, but the French president,
Obama was due to meet with allies this week as Europe finalized another round of fresh economic penalties against Russia, which has shown only fleeting signs of shifting course despite a steady chain of sanctions.
One such sign came and went as Obama arrived in Estonia on Wednesday. As he met with Estonian President
Within a couple of hours, Poroshenko's office retracted the announcement.
“We’ve made historic progress towards the vision we share — a Europe that is whole and free and at peace,” he said. “As we gather here today, we know that this vision is threatened by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”