French President Francois Hollande (C) looks up during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and other European leaders at the German Chancellery in Berlin, Germany November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders underscored the importance of working together in NATO Friday and chided Russia for its bombing of Syria and failure to implement a Ukrainian peace accord.European leaders had sought Obama's support as they prepare to extend sanctions imposed on Russia by Washington and Brussels in 2014 following its intervention in eastern Ukraine, and consider fresh sanctions over Russia's actions in Syria, where it backs Syrian President Bashar Assad.EU leaders are expected to roll over the sanctions in December or January before they expire at the end of January.Merkel said the leaders did not discuss imposing Syria-related sanctions against Russia during their meeting Friday.
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