The article discusses the military-political cooperation between the Visegrad Group countries and the United States during the Barack Obama presidency (2009–2013). Analyzing the implementation mechanisms of basic US decisions in the military sphere towards the Visegrad group countries (from the date of its establishment in 1991), the text focuses on the participation of this group in the European segment of the NATO missile defence. At the same time, the author attempts to assess Russia's strategic position in Central Europe as a region that constitutes part of the Euro-Atlantic security and European integration. The general conclusion of the article is that the European missile defence has become a stumbling block to effective co-operation between the members of the Visegrad group, owing to the vast differences in their respective positions in this area. The paper draws on NATO documents, US domestic military legislation, official documents of the Visegrad Group, speeches by Russian and Western politicians, and mass media texts.
Visegrad group; EPAA; phased adaptive approach; the Czech Republic; Hungary; Poland; Slovakia; USA; B. Obama; NATO; Eastern Europe; Central Europe; military-political cooperation.