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Obama, Merkel Display Unity Against Russia

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May 02, 2014 AT 10:36 AM
President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel mounted a display of trans-Atlantic unity Friday against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seemed to be doing little to change Vladimir Putin's behavior toward Ukraine. Days after the United States and the European Union slapped Moscow with a new round of sanctions, Merkel arrived at the White House for meetings and a working lunch with Obama. The German chancellor came buoyed by a decisive re-election victory late last year but facing pressure from all sides as Europe seeks to show resolve against Russia on Ukraine without harming its own economic interests.