WASHINGTON, D.C (Reuters/NAN) The United States President Barack Obama, on Monday piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an international investigation into the Malaysian airplane crash site.
In remarks at the White House, Obama said Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have kept investigators away from the site of the Malaysian Airlines plane.
He also accused the pro-Russian separatists of firing their weapons into the air.
“What are they trying to hide?” he said.
Obama said Putin and Russia have a direct responsibility to compel separatists to cooperate with the investigation.
He added that the burden was now on Moscow to insist that separatists stop tampering with the investigation.
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