US President Barack Obama has warned Russia against its “aggressive” military build-up in northern Europe, foreign media reports.
Obama made the remarks on Friday after meeting with Nordic leaders from Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark at the White House.
"We are united in our concern about Russia's growing aggressive military presence and posture in the Baltic-Nordic region,” he has said.
Earlier, Obama said the US and Nordic countries agreed on the need for a peaceful European order.
"We believe that our citizens have the right to live in freedom and security, free from terrorism, and a Europe where smaller nations are not bullied by larger nations,” he said.
However, Obama said Washington would be prepared to counter any perceived Russian aggression.
"We will be maintaining ongoing dialogue and seek cooperation with Russia but we also want to make sure that we are prepared and strong and we want to encourage Russia to keep its military activities in full compliance with international obligations," he said.
Meanwhile, Denmark, Norway reportedly agreed to contribute to “enhanced allied forward presence” with the North Atlantic Organization Treaty (NATO).