12:46 May. 13, 2016
White House talks will focus on global security issues
On Friday, the U. S. President Barack Obama is getting ready to welcome the leaders of five Nordic nations, with Russia's military ambitions to top the agenda of the White House meeting.
Together with Obama, the leaders of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland are to discuss how to respond to the global security challenges, including the crisis in Syria and Iraq that sent thousands of migrants to Europe.
U.S. president and the Nordic leaders will also deliberate on how to deal with their increasingly aggressive neighbour Russia ahead of the NATO summit in July.
Kremlin's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 and the military invasion in Donbas, disturbed Russia's Nordic and Baltic neighbours. While NATO is considering ways to deter further Russian aggression, the White House wants to show support for its northern European allies.