Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama's First 100 Days 'Blank' on Eastern Europe

Via EU Observer.

As US President Barack Obama marks his 100th day in office on Wednesday, several blanks in his policies towards eastern Europe and Russia still need to be filled, experts on transatlantic affairs told this website.

Mr Obama, who has travelled to Europe and met all the bloc's leaders, as well as his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, has provided a sharp change of style compared to his predecessor's approach, yet his policies towards this part of the world so far have remained vague.

On eastern Europe, the policies are "blank" and no particular statements were made on the situation in Ukraine, Georgia or recently Moldova, Michael Emerson from the Centre for European Policy Studies, a centre-right Brussels-based think tank told this website.

"Some people speculate that Mr Obama is not interested in the region and will leave it to Russia and the EU to sort it out. I wouldn't say that. We will have to see, as his administration is not fully staffed yet," he said.

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