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Obama meeting with allies in Belgium

Brussels (AP) -- President Barack Obama will meet with two of his most important European allies Thursday as they try to navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis, including the new government's rise to power.

Obama planned to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Belgiums capital city after a gathering of world leaders at the Group of 7 summit on Thursday. Then he flies to Paris for dinner with French President Francois Hollande.

Figuring out how to respond to Russia's involvement in Ukraine tops the agenda. The European leaders are also planning separate private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Obama is mostly steering clear of him.

The G-7 meeting was originally supposed to include Russia, but the leaders froze Putin out and relocated the meeting from Sochi to Brussels.

 
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