>> Arriving with a message for NATO. Barack Obama kicking off his final trip to Europe by urging leaders to stand firm against a resurgent Russia despite Britain's decision to leave the EU. NATO will formally agree on Friday to deploy for multi-national battalions in the Baltic states and eastern Poland.
Media reports suggesting the UK will contribute 500 of the 3 to 4,000 troops. The move a bid to reassure Eastern members of NATO's readiness to defend them.>> The world is a more dangerous place than just a few years ago. And NATO is responding with speed and with determination.
>> Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland have requested a permanent NATO presence following Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. They fear that Moscow could seek to destabilize their pro-Western governments through cyber attacks, hostile broadcasting, and even territorial incursions. The Kremlin though denies this. It says NATO is the aggressor by moving its borders closer into former Soviet territory.
Reuters' Robin Emmett will be at the summit in Poland.>> Well NATO insists that we're not in a new cold war. But with Russia's build up in Kaliningrad sorry which is the enclave between Poland and the Baltics, there's a real concern that Russia might try something not clear what in the Baltics or annex a part of Poland.
>> NATO's keen to send the message it stands united. Writing in the FD on Friday, Obama says Brexit won't weaken the Western Defense Alliance, and that the UK will still be a major contributor to European security. Ironically though, the first item on the summit agenda is a deal to deepen military and security cooperation between the EU and NATO.