President Barack Obama said the U.S. is examining “all options” for aiding Ukraine, including supplying defensive weapons, if the latest round of diplomatic efforts fails to bring a resolution with Russia.
Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said continued Russian aggression in Ukraine has stiffened the resolve of the U.S. and European Union to make President Vladimir Putin pay a price for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Merkel, who opposes delivering weapons to Ukraine’s army, said tactical differences over lethal aid won’t shake the unity of the alliance.
The U.S. president said Monday he hasn’t made a decision on providing lethal supplies to Ukraine, and stressed that economic sanctions that are hurting Russia’s economy can be ratcheted up to pressure Putin.
“Both Angela and I have emphasized the prospect for a military solution to this problem has always been low,” he said at a White House news conference.