Russia requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council this morning, and the U.N. said the meeting would happen midday, as Obama and Merkel were to address U.S. and German reporters in the Rose Garden.
Ukraine figured to top the agenda during Merkel’s visit.
With communications halted between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Merkel has been in touch with the Russian leader. Merkel and Putin last spoke by phone Thursday morning, the AP reported. In that conversation, Merkel asked Putin to help free Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observers held captive by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.
The largest economy in Europe, Germany figures as a key player in Obama’s attempts to rally major sanctions on Russia’s economy, by both the U.S. and Europe, if Russia invades Ukraine.