Warsaw: President Barack Obama declared moments after landing on Polish soil Tuesday that US security commitments to eastern Europe amid the Ukraine crisis were "sacrosanct."
"Our commitment to Poland`s security as well as the security of our allies in central and eastern Europe is a cornerstone of our own security and it is sacrosanct," Obama said after inspecting a joint unit of US and Polish F-16 pilots.
In a hangar at Warsaw airport, Obama said that it was a special honor to visit Poland as the country celebrates "the 25th anniversary of the rebirth of Polish democracy".
He noted that the United States and NATO had increased its security commitment to Poland during the Ukraine crisis and said he looked forward to announcing more resources for eastern European security later on Tuesday.
Obama`s tour of Europe, which includes stops in Belgium and France, is being billed by US officials as a symbolic effort to reaffirm US security guarantees and to reassure allies discomforted by Russia`s moves in Ukraine.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorwoski told Obama that the "F" in the F-16 designation of the planes behind the two leaders stood for "fighter" but also "freedom."
"Poland`s security and the security of the entire region is also rooted in cooperation with the US," Komorowski said.
"It`s also the presence of American troops on Polish soil at a time when we are all experiencing a crisis which has arisen on Poland`s border, on NATO`s border, in Ukraine."