Obama, Polish president discuss need for unity after downing of plane

Obama, Polish president discuss need for unity after downing of plane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama & Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski discussed on Monday the need for increased defense spending in Europe & for transatlantic unity after the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine, the White House said.

"President Obama & President Komorowski agreed on the importance of raising defense spending among European members of NATO, as well as on the importance of alliance-wide & credible contributions to NATO’s reassurance efforts in Central & Eastern Europe," the White House said in a statement approximately the call between the two men.

"The two leaders moreover stressed the need for Transatlantic solidarity in responding to the tragic shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 & Russia’s efforts to destabilize Ukraine," it said.

p> (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney)Politics & GovernmentPresident ObamaBronislaw Komorowskithe White House

Source: “Reuters”

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