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Ukraine, Sanctions Expected to Dominate
Merkel´s Obama Meeting

Wall Street Journal, by Anton Troianovski and Carol E. Lee

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Posted By:Drive, 4/30/2014 8:22:47 AM

The Ukraine crisis—and the role of further potential sanctions on Russia—will top the agenda for both Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama when the German leader arrives in Washington for a White House meeting this week. Mr. Obama will press Ms. Merkel to put increased pressure on Russia the longer Moscow violates a deal reached in Geneva this month to de-escalate the crisis and tightens its hold on the breakaway region of Crimea, a senior U.S. administration official said. Mr. Obama will also try to reach agreement with the German leader on what further Kremlin moves would trigger tougher penalties

      


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The Ukraine crisis—and the role of further potential sanctions on Russia—will top the agenda for both Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama when the German leader arrives in Washington for a White House meeting this week. Mr. Obama will press Ms. Merkel to put increased pressure on Russia the longer Moscow violates a deal reached in Geneva this month to de-escalate the crisis and tightens its hold on the breakaway region of Crimea, a senior U.S. administration official said. Mr. Obama will also try to reach agreement with the German leader on what further Kremlin moves would trigger tougher penalties

   

 

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