Obama, Hollande agree on Ukraine, Iran nukes
ELMAU, Germany - The Associated Press
US President Barack Obama, right, and French President Francois Hollande pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting during the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. AP PhotoThe White House says President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande are in agreement on some of the world's vexing problems, including Russia's actions in Ukraine and keeping Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The two leaders met June 8 on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of Seven leading democracies being held in Elmau, Germany.
Obama and Hollande agreed that economic sanctions against Russia should stay in place until Russia fully implements terms of a peace accord with Ukraine that was negotiated last year and has been repeatedly violated. They also agreed to stay united in pursuit of a deal with several other world powers to restrict Iran's nuclear program.
France at times has taken a harder line and expressed more skepticism than Washington on the Iran talks.
The White House says the leaders also discussed climate change, trade, countering Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria, and instability in Libya.