May 13, 2016 / 4:54 PM / 3 years ago

Obama: US, Nordic nations agree sanctions against Russia should continue

U.S.President Barack Obama welcomes various leaders at the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit official arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that he and leaders from five Nordic nations agreed on the need to maintain sanctions against Russia.

During a summit meeting with the leaders of Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Finland, Obama said the countries were united in their concern about Russia’s “aggressive military presence” in the Nordic region.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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