Ukraine/Malaysia Airlines flight/meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister and Russian President
Paris, July 20, 2014
The President spoke to the Australian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister and Russian President this evening, after speaking to the German Chancellor and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the telephone this morning.
He shared with Messrs Abbott and Renzi a concern for getting a reliable, unrestricted, detailed investigation into the tragedy of flight MH17.
He spoke to Mr Putin about this imperative and urged him to use all his influence to get the Ukrainian separatists immediately to stop hampering the investigation and assistance and hand over the black boxes to the appropriate authorities. There is nothing to be gained by confusion.
He also urged him to respond to this critical situation by finally getting concrete progress on the resolution of the conflict through a ceasefire, the release of hostages and border control./.