WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (R) hold a joint news conference in the East Room after meetings about the situation in Ukraine and other topics at the White House February 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Belarus to continue talks aimed at de-escalating the war in Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)