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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

The President spoke again today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany concerning the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.  The two leaders are very concerned about reports of additional Russian forces in Ukraine.  In view of these developments, both agreed that it will be necessary for the United States and the European Union to consider additional sanctions on Russia.  The two leaders also reiterated their determination to continue to work for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.  The President and the Chancellor also reviewed goals for the NATO Summit next week in Newport, Wales.