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Obama: Putin Must Compel Rebels To Cooperate With Crash Probe

U.S. President Barack Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin has a "direct responsibility" to compel pro-Moscow separatists to stop hampering the probe at the site of a downed passenger jet in eastern Ukraine. Speaking on July 21 from the South Lawn of the White House, Obama called on Russia to insist that the separatists grant investigators on the ground "immediate, full, and unimpeded access" to the crash site. He said, "The separatists and their Russian sponsors are responsible for the safety of the investigators." (Reuters)