Obama at NATO Summit: Agreement on action against Islamic State, skeptical on Ukraine cease-fire
NEWPORT, Wales (AP/WJLA) - President Barack Obama says NATO members unanimously agree on the need for immediate action against Islamic State militants because they pose a threat to members of the alliance.
Obama says the members agree that the Islamic State is a "savage organization" that must ultimately be destroyed.
Obama spoke Friday just before departing from a two-day NATO summit in Wales. The president has been pressing his counterparts there to join a coalition of nations that could go after the Islamic State group using military power, diplomatic pressure and economic penalties.
He says the international coalition needs to go beyond Western countries and include Sunni majority states to reject the kind of nihilism that the Islamic State projects.
Meantime, Obama says he's skeptical that pro-Russian separatists and Russia's government will abide by a cease-fire reached Friday.
Obama says he's hopeful about the agreement between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels. But he says that based on past experiences he's not sure separatists will follow through and that Russia will stop violating Ukraine's sovereignty.
Obama is also crediting economic sanctions levied by the U.S and the European Union with bringing Russia to the table.
Earlier Friday, NATO leaders agreed to form a new rapid response force to counter the threat of Russian aggression.