June 6, 2014
TO: NCSJ Leadership and Interested Parties
FROM: Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman;
Alexander Smukler, NCSJ President;
Mark B. Levin, NCSJ Executive Director
Today in France, President Barack Obama met briefly with President Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy.
President Putin also met with Petro Poroshenko, who will be inaugurated as Ukraine's president on Saturday. During a short discussion, both Poroshenko and Putin agreed on the need to find a political solution to stop the violence in Ukraine.
Commemorations in Normandy concluded a series of meetings for President Obama with European leaders, which began in Warsaw and Brussels. On Wednesday, President Obama met for the first time with President-Elect Poroshenko, and pledged support for Ukraine's efforts to end unrest and resolve the country's economic crisis. President Obama also warned Russia that it could face additional sanctions if it continues to support pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
This week's update includes details of the meetings and analysis of their implications for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Finally, there's still time to sign up for our Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, June 10. Presentations will include a keynote speech from U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin, and remarks by Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Yaakov Bleich and Dr. Archil Gegeshidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States. For more information and to register, please visit www.ncsj.org/Board.pdf.
Mark B. Levin
for NCSJ's Weekly News Update.
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estimated 1.5 million Jews living in the 15
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