Merkel to urge caution in U.S. as pressure builds to arm Ukraine forces

February 9, 2015 11:44 AM

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Merkel to urge caution in U.S. as pressure builds to arm Ukraine forces

WASHINGTON/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. Congressional pressure.

Merkel's message that sending Western weapons to Kiev risks escalating the conflict is likely to get a sympathetic hearing when she meets President Barack Obama later in the day.

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