MH17: Putin must stand up - Key

John Key: 'We're now in the ridiculous situation where a proper investigation can't take place because the right people are not stepping up to the plate and doing something about it.'
John Key: 'We're now in the ridiculous situation where a proper investigation can't take place because the right people are not stepping up to the plate and doing something about it.'
Prime Minister John Key says he is "deeply concerned" by the lack of access to the MH17 crash site and has called on Vladimir Putin to ''stand up'' on the issue.

At his first press conference since a pre-election break in Hawaii, Mr Key said the Government had called on the Russian President to show leadership.

"He now needs to stand up and tell the rebels to back off to ensure that there's access [to the crash site] and a full corridor of access, so that all information can be gathered.

"This is a time of enormous trauma and stress for the families involved and when we see reports of passports and other information being removed, that is simply adding to the stress," Mr Key said.

"Those families absolutely at the bare minimum deserve access to the black box, to all of the information and for all of those who are responsible to be held to account.

"International leadership is required - President Putin has to show that leadership and we are deeply concerned that a 24-hour organised ceasefire's failing to deliver the results - and we feel deeply for the New Zealanders involved."

Mr Key said he had spoken to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak about the tragedy and would be talking to Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte later today.

"Together we have been very I think shocked, stunned and very saddened by what's taken place.

"I think, outside of all of this, it actually adds to the stress of international travellers generally, this is now a time where people will be concerned and that is now another worrying factor.

"The international community has to step up and it has to demand of President Putin - as the only person who can really make this happen - to ensure that those rebels back off and that a proper, thorough and full investigation can take place.

"We can't sit back in what is a totally unacceptable situation," Mr Key said.

"I think every international leader is now concerned by what they see...a commercial airline has been shot out of the sky, 298 people have lost their lives and we're now in the ridiculous situation where a proper investigation can't take place because the right people are not stepping up to the plate and doing something about it."

A free trade deal with Russia was now "the furthest thing from our mind", Mr Key said.

"At the end of the day what we are concerned about is justice for those families that lost a loved one."

 

Military bases

Russia has military bases in Crimea: access to the black sea and mediterranean and therefore the middle east. Putin has actually been limiting the aggressive invasive actions of the USA govt which is constantly meddling and always at war.

USA and EU are very involved in Ukraine. USA gave $5 billion to the Ukraine coup effort that became the Poroshenko govt and the CIA head has been in Kiev recently. If it was because they cared about the people, they would've done something about the killing in Palestine for a glaring example. But it is only about political strategy, for power and money.

Really Gordon?

It's not what Putin did, it's what he can do, The facts are a commercial airliner was shot down over a warzone he sponsors. You can hark on about the EU, the USA or Israel but the facts are they are not involved whereas Putin if not directly he is associated with the people that caused this. He is a thug and a bully - needed all those to run the KGB and before you make comparisons with CIA the only reason you can reply to this and have an open opinion is because you live on the West side of the wall.

Putin was framed

I cant believe people are so brainwashed they think Putin would do this. How would he or Russian Ukraine benefit from killing 280 civilians? Absurd. He stopped the real warmongers USA from doing-an-Iraq to Syria and Iran. And they hate him for it. He is consolidating the power of the BRICS countries and the US and EU (and their banking cartel owners) hate him for that also.

Israel gets attention taken off its genocide of Gaza also - so they benefit also.

Use your brain and always ask: who benefits?

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