Barack Obama seeks European support for harder line on Russia sanctions

President Obama arrives on Monday morning in the Netherlands, where he will try to gauge how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea.

The US president is visiting Europe for talks with fellow leaders when he will try to persuade them to increase pressure on Russia.

It comes as Russian troops backed by helicopters stormed a Ukrainian naval base on the Crimea peninsula early on Monday, one of the few military facilities that was still flying a Ukrainian flag in Crimea after Russia’s annexation. Read more

Pictured: US president Barack Obama departs Washington for his week-long trip to the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters