Obama, Merkel: Russia Must Pull Back

    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  German President Angela Merkel (L) and U.S President Barack Obama address the media in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama and Merkel emphasized their continued support for the new government in Ukraine and their criticism of Russia after the failure of last month's Geneva Agreement. The Ukrainian military said today that pro-Russian militants in the eastern part of the country had used sophisticated weapons to shoot down two of its helicopters.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    In a joint appearance at the White House on Friday, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to end its involvement in Ukraine and end violence by armed pro-Russian separatists. “As Ukrainian forces move to restore order in Eastern Ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these Russian-backed groups are not peaceful protesters,” Obama said. “They are heavily armed militants that are receiving support from Russia.” The president also threatened more sanctions on the Russian economy if Moscow does not change course.

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