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US President Barack Obama has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of backing Ukraine’s pro-Russian fighters, threatening Moscow with more sanctions.

“If Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and to back these separatists,” President Obama said on Monday, then the country will “further isolate itself from the international community and the costs for Russia’s behavior will only continue to increase.”

The US president also urged his Russian counterpart to compel the forces in Ukraine to stop hampering the probe at the crash site of a Malaysian airliner.

The passenger jet was shot down on July 17 and all 298 people on board were killed.

“Given its direct influence over the separatists, Russia and President Putin in particular has direct responsibility to compel them to cooperate with the investigation,” he said.

“That is the least that they can do.” Obama said. “This is an insult to those who have lost loved ones. This is the kind of behavior that has no place in the community of nations.”

“Our immediate focus is on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened and putting forward the facts,” Obama said. “We have to make sure the truth is out, that accountability exists.”

Meanwhile, President Putin in a brief statement on Monday said that investigators must have access to the crash site.

The White House has been accusing pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysian plane. However, Obama offered no new evidence over the accusation.

The Obama administration has also been pressing the European Union to ratchet up economic sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

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  • Defiant

    Big worlds from the dear leader, I mean osama err obozo, the Ukrainan people are only defending themselves from the genocidal nazis who were put in power by the US. in Kiev, google maidan nazi leader or maidan nazis.
    Meanwhile the US. runs, arms, and trains al-cia-da\isis who are on a genocidal murder spree for 4+years now, killing Christians, Jews, Shiet,blacks and everbody else they dont like in the hundreds of thousends, Lybia, Syria, Iraq, Etiopia, Niger, Sudan, the list goes on, the world has waken up and is watching the handlers who run these demons.

  • Simon Fraser

    Yap Yap Yap

  • John Kennedy

    What Obama didn’t say was that the US government has no jurisdiction to investigate the crash of MH-17 which involves the Ukraine, Malaysia, and the EU/Netherlands.

    MH-17 was not shot down on US soil, no US laws are applicable, and although one US dual citizen was on the aircraft, it remains the responsibility of the Ukraine and Malaysia to investigate the crash.

    Nobody appointed Obama as the chief investigator for the world’s airlines, and nobody appointed the US government to act as a prosecutor to accuse Russia before any investigation has been done.

    Every nation has an airline crash investigation unit. Obama should have let them do their work before jumping to the erroneous conclusion that Russia was responsible.

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