U.S. President Barack Obama says G7 would discuss standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine amid an upsurge in violence blamed on Moscow-backed separatists. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A Bavarian welcome for U.S. President Barack Obama as world leaders prepare to meet for the G7 summit. While the mood is festive -- the agenda for the talks could not be more serious. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "So over the next two days in Schloss Elmau we're going to discuss our shared future, the global economy that creates jobs and opportunity, maintaining a strong and prosperous European Union, forging new trade partnerships across the Atlantic, standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine, combating threats from violent extremism to climate change." As G7 leaders prepare to sit down for talks, European monitors have blamed recent bloodshed in eastern Ukraine on Russian-backed separatists. Russia no longer has a seat at the table -- with Russian President Vladimir Putin frozen out of what used to be the G8 after Moscow's annexation of Crimea last year.