U.S. President Barack Obama hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama met on Monday at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the best path to take to resolve the situation. Merkel discussed the peace initiative with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday and has made clear she opposes providing lethal arms to the Ukraine government, an option being examined by the Obama administration. Merkel, Putin and the leaders of France and Ukraine are due to meet on Wednesday for further peace talks. With diplomacy in play, Obama seems unlikely to decide whether to authorize weapons for Ukraine right away. The U.S. and German leaders may find some common ground, however, on imposing further sanctions on Russia, which have been Obama's main tool in the nearly year-old crisis.