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Obama, Nordic leaders exchange toasts

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 01:00

U.S. President Barack Obama raises a glass in honor of the five Nordic leaders attending a state dinner at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama raised a glass in honor of leaders of five Nordic nations at a star-studded state dinner at the White House on Friday (May 13). Icelandic Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen also made toasts to "friendship" between their countries. Earlier in the day, Obama and the leaders of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland gathered at the White House for talks that focused on Russia and the crisis in Syria and Iraq that has sparked a flood of migrants to Europe. The leaders presented a united front against Russia, expressing concern about Moscow's military buildup in the Baltics and calling for sanctions against Russia to continue. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014 alarmed its Nordic and Baltic neighbors. With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) considering ways to try to deter further Russian aggression, the White House wants to show support for its northern European allies. Obama lauded the humanitarian and environmental accomplishments of his guest nations, which have been key supporters of an international deal to curb climate change that the White House sees as a key part of Obama's legacy.

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Obama, Nordic leaders exchange toasts

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 01:00