WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks on Ukraine

President Obama speaks on the ongoing situation in Ukraine Monday morning.


His comments come after Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussian vessel threatens to ram US warship in disputed waters in Sea of Japan Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team Biden rolls out national security team MORE said earlier that no one should use the MH17 plane crash “to pursue their own political goals.”

Putin made the comment in a brief statement released by the Kremlin. Putin said Russia has called repeatedly on all parties involved in the conflict in Ukraine to stop fighting and initiate negotiations immediately.

Putin said the tragedy could have been avoided if Ukraine hadn’t resumed its military operations targeting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in late June.

“At the same time, no one should and no one has the right to use this tragedy to pursue their own political goals. Rather than dividing us, tragedies of this sort should bring people together,” he said.

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