President Ilves tiptoes around question of invalidating NATO-Russia pact

Barack Obama and Toomas Hendrik Ilves
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In a joint press conference, given in Tallinn with the US President Barack Obama, Ilves indicated that there might be a way around the NATO-Russia Founding Act, according to which the alliance is not supposed to set up military bases near Russian borders.

“The NATO-Russia Founding Act has been violated by Russia. We continue to support the vision of that document, but its substance has changed dramatically,” the Estonian President said.

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President Obama seemed to be in agreement with Ilves.

“The circumstances have clearly changed and this will be a topic for discussion in NATO summit in Wales,” Obama said.

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