Obama Pleads with Putin to 'Pivot Away'

Obama Pleads with Putin to 'Pivot Away'

Monday, President Barack Obama made a statement on the White House lawn demanding “immediate and full access to the crash site” of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the passenger jet believed to have been downed by pro-Russian militants in an occupied area of eastern Ukraine, asking, “What exactly are they trying to hide?”

Obama addressed the international outrage building over Russian President Vladimir Putin arming the rebels with the powerful surface-to-air missile that US intelligence has confirmed shot down the Malaysian airliner, killing all 298 innocent civilians on board by saying, “Now’s the time for President Putin and Russia to pivot away from the strategy that they’ve been taking and get serious about trying to resolve hostilities within Ukraine.” He added, “And time is of the essence.”

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