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Putin must insist that separatists aid MH17 probe: Obama

Russia must stop Ukrainian separatists tampering with the site of the Malaysian airline disaster, US President Barack Obama insisted Monday, saying the chaos at the scene was an "insult" to the families of the dead.

WASHINGTON: Russia must stop Ukrainian separatists tampering with the site of the Malaysian airline disaster, US President Barack Obama insisted Monday, saying the chaos at the scene was an "insult" to the families of the dead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin must prove "that he supports a full and fair investigation," Obama said, stressing "the burden now is on Russia to insist that the separatists stop tampering with evidence, grant investigators who are already on the ground immediate, full, and unimpeded access to the crash site."

In his remarks at the White House, Obama said the pro-Russian rebels have kept investigators away from the crash site, at times firing their weapons into the air.

"What are they trying to hide?" he asked.  

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