Obama to Putin, Rebels: What Are You Hiding?

Calls out Russia, rebels for impeding MH17 investigation

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama called out Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's pro-Russia militants, and the disgraceful handling of the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, reports Politico. The president argued that investigators needed "immediate and full access to the crash site." "What exactly are they trying to hide?" he asked, stating that Putin has "direct responsibility" to get rebels to fall in line and "stop tampering with evidence." By continuing to meddle in Ukraine's autonomy, Russia "will only further isolate itself," the president said. Obama's comments echo those of Dutch investigators on the scene today, adds the AP, who report seeing remains still scattered around fields and are calling for a full forensic sweep.

President Obama makes a statement on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza, at the White House, Monday, July 21, 2014.
President Obama makes a statement on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza, at the White House, Monday, July 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington.
President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Obama pauses as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 21, 2014.
President Obama pauses as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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