The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany
The President spoke to Chancellor Merkel today regarding the events unfolding in Ukraine. The leaders expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity and agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation, including through the deployment international observers and human rights monitors, and of initiating direct talks between Russia and Ukraine. They also discussed the need to continue to support the government of Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and makes preparations for elections in May. The leaders agreed to stay in close contact in the days ahead.