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Such was the political fallout that Vice President Joe Biden was dispatched to the region in late 2009 to reassure Eastern European leaders that Washington's "reset" with Moscow would not jeopardize their security. Obama repeated that theme when he held a summit with regional leaders in 2010 in Prague, where he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New START treaty.

Following his appearance at a G8 meeting in France, Obama's first visit to Poland will signal "a new chapter" in Washington's relations with Poland and Eastern Europe, according to Bartosz Wisniewski, a research fellow at Warsaw's Polish Institute of International Affairs.

"The two past years, Washington has ignored the region for the most part with events in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Now, it seems Obama is focusing on it again," says Mr. Wisniewski.

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