President Obama opens his post-Labor Day schedule Tuesday with the start of a foreign trip designed to address world crises that shadowed his summer.
Obama flies late in the day to Estonia, the first leg of a trip that will also take him to Wales for a NATO summit that will cover Russia and Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, and other global trouble spots.
Before leaving, Obama and Vice President Biden will received the Presidential Daily Briefing at the White House.
Obama departs in the mid-afternoon for Tallinn, Estonia, a stop devoted mostly to Russian military aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Estonia and other Baltic states -- Latvia and Lithuania -- fear they may also be on a Russian target list. Obama meets with the leaders of all three Baltic states while in Tallinn.
The White House says the Estonia trip is planned "to further enhance the strong relations between the two countries, and to affirm America's commitment to our Baltic allies."