Obama Makes No Apologies for Bergdahl Release

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We want to take you live to Brussels where the G-7 is median and of course President Obama also in town and that the podium let's listen. -- -- -- It is good to be here of my great friend and partner prime minister David Cameron. Earlier this afternoon we concluded our summit with our fellow G-7 leaders but I want to thank his majesty. Can -- The prime minister as well as to a Belgian people for welcoming us back to Brussels. Particularly since he has demonstrated a commitment to reach out to the east and pursue reforms. Russia needs to seize that opportunity. Russia needs to recognize the president elect -- Genco is the legitimately elected leader of Ukraine. And engage. The government in -- Given its influence over the militants and Ukraine Russia continues to have a responsibility. To convince them to end their violence lay down their weapons and enter into a dialogue with the Ukrainian government. On the other hand if Russia's provocations continue. It's clear from our discussions here that the G-7 nations are ready to impose additional cost on rush. I also -- David -- the new initiative I announced in Warsaw to bolster the security of our NATO allies. Especially in central and Eastern Europe as well as our focus on building counterterrorism. Capabilities across the Middle East and North Africa. David will be hosting the next NATO summit in Wales in September -- and I appreciated updating me. The preparations for that summit we agree that it's going to be an opportunity for every ally to make sure their -- their share. And investing in the capabilities our alliance needs for the future. A situation in Ukraine has also highlighted the need for greater energy security. At the G-7 we agreed to help Ukraine reduce. Its energy risks to include diversifying its -- -- We're gonna help countries in central and Eastern Europe strengthen their energy security as well and I. And following the review -- called for in the United States earlier this year every G-7 country will conduct. And energy assessments to identify the possible impact of any. Potential disruptions and to offer ways we can better prevent. Disruptions and recover from them more quickly. Related to -- We agreed that the G-7 to continue to lead by example in the fight against climate change which poses a danger to our environment our economies and our national security. I made it clear that the United States will continue to do our part. Earlier this week. We took a major step opposing. New standards that for the first time would limit carbon pollution from our existing power plants. -- one most ambitious steps that any nation has taken to combat climate change it would reduce. Carbon emissions from our electricity sector by 30%. It will help us meet the commitments that we made when I first came -- office at Copenhagen. And it will improve our public health. It's also going to be good for our economy by helping to create more clean energy jobs and ultimately lower electricity bills for Americans what's the right thing to do. This builds on the steps we've taken over the past five years to invest more renewables like solar and wind. Raise fuel standards for our cars and trucks and make our homes and businesses more energy efficient. And today -- were holding our carbon emissions to levels not seen in nearly twenty years or making important progress for my action plan. Four climate change indicates that we've got to keep at it and do more. I -- across -- -- also passionate about. We agree that every nation has to do what share. All major congress including the G-7 and emerging markets like China need to show leadership as we work. On a new global climate agreement and that includes putting forward by march of next year ambitious long term targets for reducing emissions so. Again I want to thank prime minister Cameron and -- -- -- leaders for our work. Here together in Brussels. David I believe that whenever our two nations stand together it can lead a world that is more secure and more prosperous. And more just and will be reminded of that again tomorrow. In Normandy as we mark the seventieth anniversary. Of on that days like so many others American and British troops stood together and fought valiantly. Alongside our allies that didn't just help to win the war they help -- -- the -- the tide of human history. And are the reason that we can stand here today and a free Europe and with the freedoms our nation's in George. So there is is the legacy that our two nations and our great alliance. Continue to hold and I'm grateful. Find -- and David and making that happen. Thank you and -- -- and I'm delighted to be -- with you today Iraq. As we stand together in Europe on the seventieth anniversary of the we should remind the world of the strength and steadfastness. Of the bond between the United Kingdom and United States. Seventy years ago as you just said our countries stood like two rocks of freedom and democracy in the face of Nazi -- and seventy years ago tonight thousands of young British and American soldiers. With that Canadian and free French -- Were preparing to cross the channel. In the greatest liberation force that the world is evident that -- young men were united in purpose. To restore democracy and freedom to continental Europe. To free by force of arms ancient European nations. And to -- the nations and peoples of Europe. To -- that destiny in the world. Thousands of those young men paid the ultimate price. And we all of that memory today and tomorrow. Shortly after. We will never forget what they did and the debt that we -- them for the peace and the freedoms that we enjoy on this continent. Today in the new century -- to democracies. Continue to stand -- and to uphold the same values in the world. Democracy liberty and the Ruble. And day in day out -- people work together to uphold those values right across the globe. And that approach has been at the heart of what we've discussed here at the G-7. Ended up -- -- meeting today. We've talked about one of the greatest opportunities we have to -- they charge the global economy like including trade deals including the EU US steel. Which would be the biggest of the mobile. The trans Atlantic trade and investment partnership that would create growth and jolts the deal that could be worth up to ten billion panacea. For Britain alone. It would help to secure -- long term economic success and generate a better future for hardworking families back it hadn't. That is why I was so determined to launch those negotiations a year ago in -- And since then we've made steady progress but we've got to keep our eyes on the -- prize -- -- and don't get ball -- We also discussed. What I believe is the greatest threat that we face. How -- we turn to extremism and the threat that terrorist groups operating elsewhere opposed to the safety of -- people both at home and liberal. This year we will bring our troops home from Afghanistan. They can be proud -- what they've achieved over the last decade denying terrorists a safe haven from which to plot attacks against Britain -- the United States. But at the same time as we reduce the threat from that region so I'll try to franchises have grown in other parts of the world. Many of these groups are focused on the countries where they operate but they still pose a risk to -- people. A businesses and our interest. Barack and I share the same view of how we tackle this threat in the fragile regions of the world. But terrorist network seek a foothold. As I've said before our. Approach must be tough. Patient. Intelligent and based on strong international partnerships. So when it comes to Syria now the number one destination -- to -- this anywhere in the world. We've agreed to intensify efforts to address the threat of foreign fighters traveling to and from Syria. We'll be introducing new measures in the UK to prosecute those who plan and train for terrorism liberal. And here -- the G-7. We've agreed to do more to work with Syria's neighbors to strengthen border security and to disrupt the terrorist financing the funds these jihadist training camps. In Libya we want to help the government as it struggles to overcome the disastrous legacy of -- adapt his misrule and to build a stable peaceful and prosperous future. Barack and I have both recently appointed envoys -- be working together to support efforts to reach a much needed political settlement. And -- -- our commitment to train the Libyan security forces with the -- strokes of recruits due to begin their training in the UK this month. In Nigeria -- both committed to supporting the Nigerian government and its neighbors as they confront the scourge of Boca around. The kidnap of the shop -- -- -- was an act of pure evil and Britain in the United States have provided immediate assistance in the such. In the longer term we stand ready to provide more practical assistance to help the Nigerians and the region to strengthen -- defense and security institutions. And to develop the expertise needed. Too -- to these -- Barrick extremists. And finally -- -- said we had an important discussion on Ukraine and relations with Russia -- From the outset of this crisis the G-7 nations have stood united clear -- -- support for the Ukrainian people and the right to choose their own future. And -- and our message to President Putin Russia's actions are completely unacceptable and totally -- with the values of this group of democracies. That is why -- no longer has a seat at the table here with us. At this summit we -- clear about three things first the status quo is unacceptable the continuing destabilize nation -- eastern Ukraine must stop. Second there are a set of things that need to happen President Putin must recognize the legitimate election the president -- Shanker. In -- stop arms crossing the border into Ukraine. In a cease Russian support for separatist groups and that if these things don't happen and sectoral sanctions will -- The next month will be vital in judging -- president inclusion has taken these steps and that is what I will urge president -- to do not meet him later today. Finally we discuss the cancer. Eating away at the world economic and political systems corruption. Corruption is the arch enemy of democracy and development. The best way to fight corruption and to drive growth is -- what I call the three t.'s greater transparency. Fat tax systems and freer trade. That was at the heart of -- G-8 agenda and -- and and today we agreed to push for more action -- fat tax systems freer trade and greater transparency things that -- that hard wide. Into these international gatherings this year and for many. Years to come thank you -- All right we've got a couple questions from. Each press so additional -- -- Mason -- Reuters Jeff thank you Mr. President. Tom you're going to France later this evening since he last had French president prolong its visit on a state visit earlier this year. A lot of tensions have arisen in the relationship including. Indian people are -- The French say that a potential multi billion dollar fine on that bank could affect global the global economy. And could affect trade talks do you believe those concerns are valid. And how do you expect to address them with him tonight and also the US concerns. About the French selling this troll warships to Russia. It's a prime minister do you feel isolated sir among the EU among your EU leaders. About your position on Don -- fueled car. As the European Commission president and who would you like to see get the job and separately do you feel any pressure from President Obama. About your position on keeping UK and indeed you think -- Personal relationship between. Organizers of France. Has never been stronger. On a whole range of issues. We're seeing intense cooperation. And I'm looking forward to seeing president -- this evening to talk about a range of issues and continues on the book. Work that was done here in Brussels. -- my answer on the banking cases. Short and simple. The tradition. Of the United States is that the president. Does not -- In. Prosecutions. We don't call -- attorney general I do not pick up the phone and tell the attorney general. How to prosecute cases that have been brought. I do not. Push for settlements. Of cases that have been brought those are decisions that are made by an independent. Department of Justice. I've communicated that to president -- all. This is not. A unique position on my part. Perhaps. It is a different tradition than exists in other countries. But it is designed to make sure that. The rule of law. Is not. In any way. Impacted by. Political experience. And so this will be determined by. US attorneys. In discussion -- represented to the bank and you know I'll read about it in the newspaper just like her burials. She -- hear the same answer. For me tonight as he -- certain. -- -- -- I have expressed some concerns. And I don't think I'm alone in this. About. Continuing. Significant trade defense deals. With Russia at a time when. They have. Violated. Basic international law. And the territorial integrity of stem sovereignty of their neighbors. So. President alone understands my position. I recognized a visit this is a big deal. I recognize that the jobs. In. France are important. -- I think would have been preferable to to press pause button. Present law so far has made different decisions. And that does not negate the broader cooperation that -- -- with France -- respect to its willingness to. Work with us on sanctions. To discourage. For as important from engaging in further destabilizing actions and hopefully -- encourage him to move in a more constructive direction we are. At a point where. Mr. Foreman has. The chance. To. Get back in -- -- of international law. He has a president. In -- -- who he can negotiate directly with. Having spoken to -- President Portugal this morning -- yesterday morning it's clear that he recognizes that Ukraine needs to have a good relationship with Russia. But also rightly -- -- the -- of Ukraine to engage with the rest of the world. And the steps to David outlined earlier and that. The G-7 unanimously agrees -- which is for mr. proved to take. They seize this moment recognize -- -- is the legitimate. Leader of Ukraine ceased the support of separatists. And the flow of arms. Work -- Ukraine to engage. Those in the east. During this process of constitutional economic reform. If mr. from -- those steps. Then it is possible for us to begin to rebuild trust. Between Russia. And its neighbors and your. Should he fail to do so -- They're going to be additional consequences and one of the important things we came out of this meeting today was. The recognition on part of all of us that. We can't simply allowed dressed in a mere fact that. So mr. Some of the Russian soldiers have moved back off the border. And that. Russia is now. Destabilizing Ukraine through surrogates. Rather than over Italy in explicitly. It. Does not mean that. We can afford. Three months or four months or six months. Continued violence and conflict in eastern Ukraine. We will have a chance to see. What mr. Putin does over the next. 234 weeks. And if he remains on the current course -- -- We've already indicated the kinds of actions were prepared to attack. Our. The Austin governor questions about Europe is let's set in the context we've just had a excessive European elections -- To take two countries at random France and Britain and France -- From Nationale -- openly anti European party -- them. An entity European pot in my country wonder when these things happen you can stick you head in the sand in which these results would go away either have a strategy for addressing the concerns. All the people that you represented in -- country -- a strategy to represented. And understand and reflects those concerns and that's why I think it's important. That we have people running the institutions of Europe who understand the need for change the need for reform. And I would argue that is a view that is -- widely shed amongst other heads of government and heads of state. In the European Union. That's the Britain's future I'm very clear what I want to achieve is to secure -- Britain's place and a reformed European Union. And I -- a strategy for delivering that is about renegotiating opposition. It's about recovering some important palaces -- making some significant changes and then putting that decision in a referendum to the British people. The very much recommend that we stay in a reformed European Union again it's a strategy for dealing. -- issue which I think if we just walked away from it we see Britain drift towards the exits and anyone that. -- we've had we have good discussions about these issues as we discuss. Everything else perhaps. Let's have a question -- -- the BBC. -- -- -- previously Mr. President even if you don't have a meeting scheduled face to face -- to protect yourself. Are you gonna end up talking with him face to face in France and do you see real possibilities of opening up a popular place for Christ -- -- engaging with him. Britain is potentially facing Mr. President to make decisions whether Arnold Scotland's days possibility kingdom -- the United Kingdom stands -- European Union. What to those decisions mean to you and people tonight states. -- -- Com you'll be the first here to go after the summit to engagement -- -- and face to face despite everything you've said. Is this something of an olive branch and -- hand. -- -- mr. Putin has not actually denounced the electoral process. Which brought the new president took power in Ukraine. Is -- -- way out in his what you really going to be exploring within this evening. And do you accept that Germany may not come until I consult and talk -- -- -- coming commission president. Will that actually potentially blow your entire strategy of course you think you may be able to negotiate a brilliant reform of the European Union but if don't put your income becomes president European Commission real credibility so damaged in Britain the people Mason converts to leave the union. Finally who are you more afraid of Angela Merkel to resentment -- -- -- Right fueling. -- -- -- some puzzlement meeting with Vladimir Putin I think it's just important to. Have this communication about some very important messages about what's happening now is not acceptable about the changes that need to take place. I think as the president said there is an opportunist -- For diplomacy to play a role and to -- of -- because we've had these elections the Ukrainian people have chosen a president. He's a capable man. And it's quite possible that he could have a proper relationship. With pollution -- of improper relationship -- -- Ukraine and Russia. But changes needed in order for that to happen and that's the message. That I will be delivering. This evening. And terms of your other questions look on this issue of who runs. The European Commission European institutions what matters is people who understand the need for change to understand the need for a full we realize that. If things things go on as they have this union is not gonna work for its citizens and that was the message that -- -- was widely received. In these European elections. As for who you put it and among countries and don't come very fortunate in my life to work with some extremely strong and capable women of which -- -- -- -- -- I have no doubt that LC mr. Putin and he and I have always had a a businesslike relationship. And it is entirely appropriate that is. -- to commemorate. And should we have the opportunity to talk I will be repeating. The same message that -- been delivered to him throughout this crisis keep in mind that although we have -- formal meetings have spoken to him by phone. Repeatedly from the outset of the protests in the may have done. And my -- been very consistent. And that is that. Russia has a legitimate. Interest in what happens in Ukraine given that it's on its border and given its historical -- But ultimately is up to the people of Ukraine to make their own decisions. That. Russian armed forces. -- Pieces of a neighbor. Is illegal and violates international law. And the kinds of destabilizing activities that we now see. Funded. And encouraged by Russia. Or illegal. And are not construct. And that there is a path in which. Russia. Has the capacity. Engage directly with president Portugal now he should take it. If he does not. If he continues. A strategy of undermining. The sovereignty of Ukraine then. We have no choice but to. Respond. And perhaps he's been surprised by the degree of unity. That's been displayed. I do think the fact that he did not. Immediately denounce. The outcome of the may 25 election perhaps offers the prospect. That he's moving in new direction but. I think we have to us see what he does not -- excess. Would respect. The future of the United Kingdom. Obviously ultimately this is after. The people of Great Britain in the case of Scotland. There's a referendum process in place and it's up to people of Scotland. I would say that. The United Kingdom. Has been extraordinary partner to us. From the outside at least. It looks like things worked pretty well. And -- we obviously. And -- deep interest in making sure that. One of the closest allies. That we will ever have. Remains strong robust. United and -- department. But. Ultimately these decisions that are -- them -- be made -- the folks there with respect to the U. We. We share. A strategic vision with a Great Britain on a whole range of international issues. And so it's always. Encouraging. For us to know that. Great Britain has a seat at the table in the larger European project. I think. In light of you know the events that we're gonna be commemorating tomorrow. It's important to -- call that it was. The steadfastness. Of Great Britain that in part allows us to be here. In Brussels. In the seat of a unified. An extraordinarily prosperous Europe. And it's hard for me to imagine. That project. Going well. In the absence. Of great Britain and I think it's also hard for me to imagine that. It would be advantageous for a Great Britain to be excluded. From political decisions that have an enormous impact on. Its economic and political life so. -- why we have elections. And Woolsey. The arguments. Made me I'm sure would the people of Bradford -- make the right decision. -- -- -- -- -- Have you been surprised by the backlash that's been whipped up by your decision to do a deal to free of -- what you think is -- -- Tom in retrospect you think you could've done more to consult with congress or announced the deal on a way that might spare him and his family being -- up. In the political crossfire. Prime minister how do you respond to criticism -- your decision to meet Vladimir Putin. And his meetings with other key European leaders are actually devaluing the punishment was meted out to Russia. By. Throwing -- of the G-8. And finally should cut -- -- -- deprived of the right I was the World Cup and it's slow. Is in the morning's -- I'm never surprised by controversies that are worked up in Washington. Right that and that's. That's par for the course. But all repeat what I said two days ago. We have a basic principle we do not leave. Anybody. Wearing the American uniform behind. We had a Prisoner of War. Whose health. It had deteriorated. And we were deeply concerned about and we saw an opportunity and we seized it and I make no apologies for that. We had. Discussed with congress the possibility that something like this might occur. Because of the nature of the folks that we were dealing with and the fragile make -- These negotiations. We felt it was important to -- -- Do what we did. And we're now. Explaining to congress the details of how. We move forward. But. This basic principle. That we don't leave anybody behind and this basic recognition that that often means prisoner exchanges with enemies. Is not unique to my administration it dates back to the beginning. Of our republic. And -- respect to how. We announced it. I think it was important for people to understand that. This is not some abstraction this is not a political football. You have a couple of parents. Whose kid volunteered. To fight in a distant -- Who they hadn't seen in five years. And weren't sure whether they'd ever see again. And as commander in chief -- the United States armed forces. I am responsible. For those kids. And I get letters from parents who say it. If you were in fact sending my child nor make sure that that child is being taken care that I bright too many -- To folks who unfortunately. Don't see their children. After fighting a war. I make -- or no apologies. For making sure that we. Get back. A young man to his parents and that the American people understand that. This is somebody's child. And that. We don't condition. Whether or not we make the efforts try to get them back. Did you have second question. Okay -- well I via I know you're gonna ask him on the. The issue and personal issue meeting president British study is right to have this Donald -- you have a clear. Message and exit point to make and I think as a world of difference between having a dialogue -- president pollution. And excluding someone from. An institution a significant of the G-8 now the G-7 he was apps -- the right to exclude rusher I think I was one of the first G-8 leaders. To make that point was -- country the right decision as well the difference between the meeting we've just held. Did not include Russia. And having a bilateral meeting when we discuss these issues about Ukraine. On the issue of trouble we should let the investigation run its course but of course. England is -- affordable houses that I am an inventor of many sports tennis rugby golf skiing. Table tennis cricket and I think we can -- -- baseball basketball and -- way out this one but so it will always happy to provide him for these for these programs English language. We did you made a really great because you made any changes to its. They -- and Holmes back. The final question for reg -- of I TV I think. It's. He needs he spoke about the importance for you -- your allies to being complete lockstep on the crisis in Ukraine. If this crisis shows no sign of the escalating you say that the next step will be to. A sectoral sanctions a U. Confidence. That it's you will be in lockstep with all of the European allies and G-7 allies because there will be costs and consequences for them. And -- economies. As sanctions gets widened. -- -- so my question -- -- you spoke forcefully about the threats of extremist ideology -- abroad describe it as the greatest threat to. Britain and its allies stand even -- -- governments estimate there are several hundred British citizens and innings fights. And killed in Syria. With regard to extremists -- and -- -- -- home particularly in schools where there's been a loss of consent. Didn't you think it's -- -- unseemly but wrong for. And members of -- governments to engage in an argument about who -- the priority should be protecting British children against extremist ideology. Thank you. Come first let me just -- on the issue of sexual -- actions and this issue lockstep between the US and countries of the European Union -- -- he's been very striking actually -- the last few months. How -- we've been able to stay. As unified as we have and -- pay tribute to Iraq -- His understanding of how important it is for us to try and work together and deliver these messages together I think it surprised people -- -- that surprised. And president -- In terms of tackling extremism and I set up the UK. Extremism -- schools which by Chad off to the appalling -- -- -- -- But -- I wanted to make -- government was doing everything that includes two dried extremism. Out of all schools out of all colleges off campuses. -- prisons. In every pot of national life -- is very important that we recognize. That you got to deal not only with -- violent extremism but also. The -- extremism. Of tolerating extremist views from which violence can grow the whole government. Is signed up to that agenda and is driving through changes to deliver that agenda. That's of these issues for the lost they also I have will get the bottom of who said what -- what has happened. And also -- and I once I finish these important meetings and having him. I think what has been striking -- the degree of solidarity between the United States. In Europe in dealing with the Ukraine crisis. I think a lot of people anticipated very early on that immediately. The two sides would fly apart. And in fact. There has been consistency in affirming. The core values that have been at the heart of are united and prosperous Europe. And that's despite. The very real. Economic consequences -- can -- By applying sanctions against Russia. I think Europeans understand that. And the reason. We've seen such extraordinary growth. And peace. On this continent. -- to do with certain values. And certain principles that have to be appealed and when they are. So. Blatantly disregarded. The other choice. Is clear. Europeans have to stand up for. Those ideals and principles even if it it creates some. Economic and comedians now having said that sectoral sanctions are broader. They be more significant. -- our technical teams have been consulting where the European Commission to identify. Sanctions that would maximize impact on Russia and minimize. Adverse impacts upon. European countries. And that work is -- My hope is is that we don't have to exercise them because mr. Putin's made. Some better decisions I I think by the way it would also be better for -- Because. The Russian economy is not in good shape right now we've seen. Significant capital flight just from the sanctions that we've already applied. That could -- easily worsen and if we have sectoral sanctions. I think it will. Inevitably hit -- a lot worse than its Europe. Which have much more diversified and resilient economies. Do I expect. Unanimity among. 128 U members. I've now been president for 500 years and I've learned a thing or two about. The European Union the European Commission the European council sometimes I get them mixed up but. But the basic. But the basic principle that if you got 28 people sitting around a table. That not everybody is governor -- I think we take effort we take for granted. And I also think. That if in fact we have to move to sectoral sanctions. It's important. To take individual country sensitivities. In mind and make sure that everybody. Is ponying up that her body is bearing their fair share some people. Are going to be more concerned about defense relations some people are going to be more concerned about the financial sector others might be more concerned about. There have been -- Trade in and and in basic goods and services and so. That's the technical work that is being done again my hope is is that we don't have to use it. But. I've been heartened by. The steadfastness. Of Europe thus far. I think -- people underestimate. The degree to which. Given the history of this continent. Certainly in the twentieth century. That people are not interested in. In seeing any chinks. In the armor and and they recognize that that's worth working for. -- thank you -- much of it. You have been listening to a press conference from Brussels on the G-7 meeting with President Obama. And prime minister of Britain David Cameron we want to bring in from London ABC's -- McDonald. Famous for talking about the G-7 in Brussels but it wasn't supposed to be this way or in that city how -- -- -- here and what is the status of numbering eight today. Limit the number right clearly refers to Russia that Russia was to -- -- As his G-8 summit it was going to be in Sochi where and they built purpose built facilities. A look at the same time is building in preparing. For the -- -- -- of course we know what's happened since then. There's been this whole ordeal involving Ukraine Russia has played a big hand there -- annexed part of the country is the United States and Europe. Would describe it and that clearly continues to play a role we just heard -- President Obama and the British prime minister David Cameron. Making some pretty -- comments about the ongoing role. Of Russia's president Vladimir Cruz and describing it is unacceptable. Saying that he's -- interfering. And that it must stop such as a result of what's happened in the U crying during the first 56 months. This year and Russia's role in that Russia has been thrown out of the G -- eight and as a result we've we see is being held here. In Brussels however and the point was made that -- isn't excluded entirely. His relationship and and Russia's relationship. With the remaining G-7 countries is fundamental. To the global economy to global geopolitics. And so -- some of these leaders are still meeting we've written on the sidelines. -- -- camera -- guard from the meetings he's been having already today. On to a meeting without an intrusion way in a sense what they discussed this morning will be put to him a suspect in -- from fashion. So heinous of course prudent having a sort of a timeout but still very much part of this discussion. What do you think prime minister Cameron will be. Headlining for this meeting with the. What he made it very clean it is essentially force things that the British prime minister will push to -- -- -- and and these -- full things that have been discussed by the G-7. Nations is that big meeting this morning. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He must then recognize the result of the presidential election in which -- apart -- was elected now. That's interesting because Britain hasn't yet said that he wouldn't -- is an opening there for Vladimir Putin in Russia. As well as that they must stop the shipment of bombs into Ukraine. Three east of the country -- from the Russian border areas. And I must also stop supporting separate -- groups operating in the east of the country. And if they don't it further sanctions -- who will be put in place. Both President Obama and David Cameron address that and made it very clean. That sanctions are possible further sanctions up possible the sanctions that are in place -- -- -- how to fix. That President Obama just described. Large amounts of capital flight. From Russia as a result of the economic sanctions that were put in place earlier this yet. And the timeline that we seem to be talking about is three to four weeks we Obama and I was consensus. Three to four weeks he said there was consensus amongst the G-7. Nations that this could not -- it could not drag on for a period of months that they would -- said. President Putin's actions and Russia's actions the next three to four weeks before making a decision on further sanctions. There's also an image that a lot of discussion about whether or not President Obama will speak even cross paths with prudent. And if there's any value in perhaps holding that median or even just cordial -- -- Obama didn't rule it out he certainly didn't say that he wouldn't that it was entirely possible. -- also made the point that since the crisis in Ukraine began he's being regular phone contact. We've got an intrusion I mean let's be clear about this they both want summing out of each other they will not continue to -- -- forever at some points. There'll be some form of her purse month and clearly. In a sense David Cameron the British prime minister is acting as the envoy. By the fact that he's having a meeting tonight is a question that press conference about whether the fat Cameron is having a meeting between -- -- -- Russia's expulsion. From the GI but he made the point what we need to talk to them. It's -- -- happen at some point and it's in everyone's interest. That happens soon -- -- so. I strongly suspect that if -- -- each other in the Cardozo I'd be ignoring each other. Obama has a clear message to give. As they might made will very public during that press comfort. -- do you think the meeting our potential chat between President Obama and -- is more important or what President Obama has said. A chat between -- and Ukraine's new leader. Well clearly both reported but it is fundamental to progress in the Ukraine. That Vladimir prudent recognizes the -- -- -- elected president. As Obama pointed out just then pershing it was a man that Russia can and should work with. And so that shouldn't be any impediment. To the relationship going forward Russia clearly needs to field that it has a stake in ongoing state. In decisions that have married in Ukraine. In -- -- for the destabilize nation as it was described by the British and US leaders is that. To stop it's there is an opportunity. Britain has not said that he want recognized person -- election. That provides us with some promise some -- But clearly as was pointed out just then there is ongoing. I think Obama use its -- that that Russia was using Sar gets to continue flexing muscle in the east of the country. To destabilize. You kind as it tries to recover from the crisis that it's -- in. For most of this year. But it's. It to be -- -- -- both meetings. Are important if and when they do happens. And -- you know in Ukraine is just one of the issues that the G-7 is taking up also reached recent elections showed. A serious backlash against the European Union especially in England and France. What are American interests here as the US pushing to keep Europe together. Well as Obama just pointed out -- was the end of that press conference he can't really imagine a -- that doesn't include Britain. And that that clearly is this -- -- hot political issue fifth for the UK at this point. Given that there has been a very -- vote against. The pro European. -- -- in the European elections. The same can be sensitive -- as well and some other countries. Within the European Union. But the point being -- -- all of these countries have very strong economic links is difficult to see. How those links should be strengthened how economic growth can be -- in and mutual faction. If countries like the UK -- out of Europe. I'm not really is there is the decision that the British voters have to night. As Obama's edges then is out today and it's not really figure if president to be indicating which way he wants them to vote. But he did make it clear he thinks is sensible that Europe does stick together. I think about it from from his point of view it is useful if -- -- united Europe because if you dealing with a problem like Russia if you're dealing with a problem. Like Iran for example it makes much more sense if you have a strong out loud voice. In continental Europe that can work in united fashion which the United States its close -- but also if is unified that creates strength. So for the United States is definitely in its interest in Europe remains strong that countries like Britain and France remain -- of that. Because as soon as you have that that union folding a pot. And you've got more voices at the title President Obama just made the point that if you have 28 people sitting around a table. You know gonna get 28 versions of the same opinion that will -- Differences of opinion. And that clearly from a US point of view it's easier to deal with one voice and one other person in the title if you try to get consensus in terms of -- like Russia. -- is between -- you from voices. -- we also know that many of these leaders are heading over to Normandy from Brussels and -- participate in the anniversary could it be possible that history could serve. As an olive branch here it and letting at all the nations know what's at stake. Yeah I think that's entirely possible and I think. Our ability David Cameron tried to do that he said -- seventy years together. The United States and the United Kingdom. Fort together. Ash and -- this close -- that remains one of the closest bones in the world. And -- -- against terror -- tyranny. They fought to bring -- freedom -- he the rule of little to say to continental Europe. And in a sense that that -- it was a precursor to a message on Russia. That these countries stand to get -- I have done so historically. And they will continue to do so it. Today in the face of obstacles. I don't think either of them went as far as to say that -- -- -- and Russia represented tyranny. But certainly that recognize the challenge. And say that it is their message -- they have their mission to stand up to get. -- those principles Davis -- freedom. The rule of rule across the world but Europe as well they talked about all of these areas in which these countries -- together they mentioned Nigeria -- around. They mentioned Afghanistan. And that he withdrew from -- from the war there out there every decade of war. They also talked about this about Syria and -- if -- by the G-7 nations to trying -- Help the -- neighboring countries around Syria closed the board is off to -- -- prevent the full or at least reduce the flow of foreign fighters going -- It is sense that one press conference guide you snapshot of -- of the big issues that face both the United States and its allies around the world. And you see the kind of interaction between those core issues and the domestic or gender as well because we -- that. -- Obama -- about the yeah. The release of -- go down the US soldier have freed up to his captivity. With the Taliban the controversy raging around that a -- he was absolutely on apologetic. -- that the US has advice principal. That it will immediately not a man a woman behind. And that regardless of people's opinion don't -- -- dial. He said the parents of those -- send their children off to war he would never make any apology for guaranteeing. -- attempting to guarantee. That would bring them back on. ABC's hey mister Donald thank you for join us from London. This has been an ABC news digital live coverage of President Obama in Europe. Keep up with this story in real time by downloading the ABC news that star in this story for exclusive updates on ago. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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