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Obama plays up U.S.-Europe bond amid Russia tension

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WAREGEM, Belgium — President Barack Obama reached back 100 years to reinforce the U.S.-European bond, calling for a recommitment to peace today during a solemn pilgrimage to a World War I cemetery as European tensions run high over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.

“This visit, this hallowed ground, reminds us that we must never ever take our progress for granted,” Obama said at Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial in northwest Belgium. “We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans.”

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