Brexit, Russia dominate NATO summit
WARSAW: NATO leaders met Friday for a crucial summit in Warsaw to send a clear message to a resurgent Russia while trying to contain the fallout from Britain´s dramatic divorce from the European Union.
Britain´s future will dominate talks between US President Barack Obama, attending his last NATO summit, EU President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
“This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War,” Obama wrote in the Financial Times as the two-day summit got underway.
He said he was also “confident that the UK and the EU will be able to agree on an orderly transition to a new relationship”.
Obama was due to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is set to resign over the Brexit vote, at the summit.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted on Friday that while the June 23 referendum result would inevitably change Britain´s ties to the EU, “it will not change UK´s leading position in NATO.”
Obama was meanwhile being briefed on the shootings in Dallas, where five police officers were killed by snipers during protests against police shooting deaths of black Americans.
“The President has been updated on the shooting of police officers in Dallas. He asked his team to keep him updated on the situation as they get additional information,” the White House said.
Security was tight across the Polish capital with police locking down roads to the venue in Poland´s national stadium and helicopters flying overhead.