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Obama, European Council president meet on Ukraine

March 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and European Council President Donald Tusk are holding an Oval Office meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

In brief remarks ahead of their talks, Obama says trans-Atlantic unity is as strong as it has ever been. He singled out the U.S. and Europe’s united stance on the economic sanctions that have been levied on Ukraine.

Tusk says Russia is trying to divide the West. The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia that the West could levy additional sanctions if Moscow continues to support a rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Obama and Tusk also plan to discuss the status of a potential trade agreement between the U.S. and Europe.

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