Obama visits Europe, takes on Ukraine-Russia

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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President Barack Obama attends an official Solidarity Dinner hosted by President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, June 3, 2014.

Ever since Russia swallowed up the Crimea region of Ukraine with political and military pressure, USA President Barack Obama and his European allies have responded with increasingly tough economic sanctions (restrictions) on Russia.

This week, Obama met with Ukraine’s newly elected president, “Chocolate King” candy billionaire Petro Poroshenko, in Poland’s capital city of Warsaw. The two visiting leaders marked the 25th anniversary of Polish democracy, when the nation broke away from Soviet Russia’s control.

From 1922 to 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) centered in Moscow, Russia fought for global influence with the USA and Europe, until it broke apart into 15 countries including Russia and Ukraine. During this Cold War of political battles, the USSR controlled foreign countries like Poland through its communist ideas of absolute rule over citizens. The current Ukraine crisis shares strong parallels with Polish resistance of Russian domination.

The Group of 7 (G7) nations came together this week during Obama’s visit, as leaders from the seven advanced economies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the USA discussed imposing harsher sanctions on Russia. While Ukraine’s government continues battling pro-Russia protesters in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Obama vowed to defend former Soviet countries and Eastern Europe from Russia.

Images courtesy of The White House.