President Obama has said that Russia cannot redraw the borders in Ukraine behind the “barrel of a gun”.
Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said diplomacy was still the way forward.
The President has been under political pressure at home to arm Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian rebels.
Mrs Merkel is against a military solution but the President said he was still looking at the option.
He told reporters: “The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that is being examined, but I have not made a decision about that yet.”
President Obama said Russia would be further isolated if it continues to support and arm the fighters who have taken over large areas of Ukraine.
“We are in absolute agreement that the 21st century cannot have us stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe redrawn with the barrel of a gun,” said the President.
He said the separatists had completely violated September’s Minsk agreement to ease the fighting and Russia had instead plowed in more tanks and artillery.
Sanctions will stay in place while Russia continues its involvement in Ukraine, the two leaders said.


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