US President Barack Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron kicked off two days of talks Thursday at the White House with the British leader promising progress on the “new threat” of cyber security. Cameron referenced the recent cyberattack allegedly launched by North Korea against Sony Pictures in a video posted just before the talks. “I think it really matters that Britain and America properly cooperate and work together,” Cameron said in the clip posted on his Twitter feed. “We’ll be making some important announcements about how we keep our businesses and our people safe from these new cyber threats,” he said. The two leaders are expected to discuss joint anti-terror efforts during the talks that come in the wake of last week’s attacks in France. Earlier this week, Cameron reiterated his commitment to beef up surveillance of suspected terrorists.
Obama and Cameron said in the Times magazine that they are determined to pressure Russia over its “aggressive actions” in Ukraine. “We will continue working in lockstep and putting pressure on Russia to resolve the crisis diplomatically,” the Times article said. “At the same time we will keep supporting Ukraine as it works to fulfill the economic and democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people.” On the economic front, the leaders are likely to discuss the free trade agreements between the US and the European Union that has been promoted as a job creator. Obama and Cameron are scheduled to have more meetings on Friday, where they are also expected to hold a joint press conference. Obama is beginning his last two years in office, while Cameron is preparing for general elections in May that are predicted to be very close.