Obama heads for G7 summit focused on Ukraine

US President Barack Obama makes his way to board Air Force One upon departure from Andrews Air Force Base on June 6, 2015 in MarylandPresident Barack Obama left Washington late Saturday headed for a G7 summit in southern Germany focused on violence in eastern Ukraine. Due in the Bavarian mountains Sunday, the US president is set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the start of the gathering of leaders from the world’s seven most industrialized countries, which will also discuss efforts to combat climate change. With Russian President Vladimir Putin absent, having been excluded from the G8 after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, the Obama administration is calling for continued pressure on Moscow, accused of backing a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

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