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On the first day of his visit to Warsaw, US President Barack Obama insisted that his country will stand “united, together and forever” with its regional allies in the face of potential Russian aggression, reports Gazeta Wyborcza. Obama, who will be one of 50 world leaders taking part in ceremonies to mark the 25th anniversary of the first free elections in the former Soviet bloc, urged Russia’s president Vladimir Putin to meet with the newly elected president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. He also pledged to contribute $1bn to a military training programme in Central and Eastern Europe. According to GW’s editor-in-chief Adam Michnik

The presence in Warsaw of the US President Barack Obama, a politician who understands the value of pluralism, tolerance, compromise and the brotherhood of the free, reminds us of the meaning of our Ukrainian neighbours’ struggle for identity and freedom, sovereignty and the rule of law.