Obama tours Europe
Obama launched a major tour of Europe on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Warsaw where he attended celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Poland's first free elections, but the most sensitive part of Obama's swing will come on Friday, June 6, 2014, when he will attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy to which Putin was invited as well.
US President Barack Obama (R) gives a thumbs-up as he arrives with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to speak to the press following a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on June 3, 2014. Obama arrived for a two-day Polish visit, the first stop on a European trip, and will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his central and eastern European counterparts. (AFP/Getty Images) US President Barack Obama speaks at a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (R) following a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on June 3, 2014. Obama arrived for a two-day Polish visit, the first stop on a European trip, and will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his central and eastern European counterparts. (AFP/Getty Images) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an awarding ceremony for parents from families with many children in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on June 2, 2014. On June 6 on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations in Normandy US President Barack Obama will come face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a potentially prickly encounter, given that the US leader has spent months trying to isolate his rival and punish the Kremlin inner circle with sanctions over Ukraine. (AFP/Getty Images) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) attends a sports festival for families with many children at the Adler Arena in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on June 2, 2014. Putin does not plan to meet Ukraine's president elect Petro Poroshenko when he attends D-Day anniversary events in France on June 6, his spokesman told AFP. (AFP/Getty Images) A US Veteran attends a ceremony at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ahead of embarking tomorrow for France on June 2, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. This Friday will be the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway begin the liberation of France which eventually helped lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of commemoration events are being planned in Normandy, but with the youngest participants now at least 88-years-old, it is also expected to be the last memorial pilgrimage to France for many of the surviving veterans. (Getty Images) A souvenir shop sells a D-Day memorabilia near to Pegasus Bridge on June 2, 2014 in Benouville, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Getty Images) French President Francois Hollande (C) looks at a document as he tours the area around Gold Beach, one of the five designated beaches that were used during the D-Day landing, on June 1, 2014, in Arromanches during a visit ahead of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. In what remains the biggest amphibious assault in history, some 156,000 Allied personnel landed in France on June 6, 1944. (AFP/Getty Images) An aerial view of the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, near Omaha beach, on June 3, 2014, as preparations were being made for the upcoming D-Day commemoration events on June 6. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of the vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (AFP/Getty Images)