Time: 6:15 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama and leaders of Germany, France, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom pledged their support to the NATO alliance and reaffirmed sanctions against Russia and its role in the Ukraine crisis. Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel, France President Francois Hollande, Italy Prime minister Mateo Renzi, Spain Prime minister Mariano Rajoy and British Prime minister Theresa May met in Berlin for the talks on several issues.
According to the statement of the talks, published by the White House, President Obama and several members of the European Union discussed the activities of Russia in Syria and expressed “grave concerns,” about the humanitarian situation in the country.
This was first mini US-EU summit after Republican candidate Donald Trump won on presidential elections in the United States. This was last Europe’s official visit of outgoing president Obama. At the meeting, the leaders “affirmed the importance to move transatlantic agenda forward, particularly on bringing stabilization to the Middle East and North Africa.”
The leaders discussed on Syria and reaffirmed the position that “attacks on the city of Aleppo by Syrian government troops and Russia ‘should be immediately halted.’”
Ukraine was another issue to discuss. As the White House readout states, “They unanimously agreed on the continued need for Russia to fully meet its commitments under the Minsk agreements and that Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until it does so.”
After the end of the official visit to Europe, where Obama was in Greece and Germany, the President travels to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Peruvian capital, Lima, where the topic is one of the key issue Obama insisted in terms of free trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership.