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Obama arrived in Berlin to discuss sanctions against Russia
10:03, 17 November 2016
Obama arrived in Berlin to discuss sanctions against Russia

European leaders and Obama to discuss Russia sanctions in Berlin on Thursday

10:03, 17 November 2016

Reuters

President Barack Obama and European leaders will discuss extending sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, and possible new sanctions for its bombing in Syria this Friday, reported by Reuters, citing sources familiar with the plans said.

The meeting in Berlin will hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will include leaders of Britain, France, Italy and Spain.

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Trump has indicated that he will seek a rapprochement with Russia, raising doubts in Europe about the future of the sanctions regime introduced by Washington and Brussels in 2014 following Russia's intervention in eastern Ukraine.

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A German official said the plan was to agree a rollover of EU sanctions against Russia, which are due to expire at the end of January, in the coming weeks.

Obama arrived in Berlin on Wednesday evening after visiting Greece.

Obama and Merkel are expected to hold talks on Thursday followed by a news conference at which they will raise the issue of Syria, a source said.

Earlier, Britain and France declined to attend the gathering demanded by Berlin and Brussels on Sunday night. The bloc’s two main military powers snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote.

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