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    Obama, Poroshenko to Discuss Anti-Russian Sanctions After NATO Summit

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    Western Sanctions Against Russia (737)

    President Barack Obama will emphasize the US commitment to maintaining sanctions against Russia when he meets with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko after the NATO Summit in Warsaw, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said in a briefing.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On July 8-9, NATO will hold a Summit in Warsaw, Poland to discuss the mission in Afghanistan, boosting the alliance’s military presence in Eastern Europe and defense budgeting, among other topics.

    "After the conclusion of the NATO Summit, the president [Obama] will also have a quint meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine as well," Rhodes stated on Wednesday. "It is an important opportunity… [for] expressing our continued determination to maintain sanctions on Russia."

    Obama and Poroshenko, Rhodes continued, will also discuss the importance of implementing the terms of the Minsk agreement.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Moscow is concerned by the deployment of alliance-trained Ukrainian forces operating close to the contact line in eastern Ukraine.

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