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Obama Speaks in Shadow of Rembrandt Masterpiece

President says Dutch artist's painting is the most impressive backdrop he has ever had.
President Barack Obama delivers a statement in front of Dutch master Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' painting during a visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, March 24, 2014. Frank Augstein / AP

President Barack Obama stood in front of Rembrandt's 17th-century masterpiece 'The Night Watch' as he spoke to the media following his arrival in the Netherlands on Monday.

Obama remarked that the painting, which is housed in the recently-renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, was the most impressive backdrop he had ever had for a statement to the press.

Obama is beginning a week of international travel with Russia's Crimean incursion at the top of his agenda. "We're united in imposing a cost on Russia for its actions so far," Obama said after meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Image: Barack Obama
President Obama stops to view Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' painting in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on March 24, 2014. Obama is attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, which will form the backdrop for an emergency meeting of Group of Seven leaders on Russia's annexation of Crimea.Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

— The Associated Press contributed to this report