Malaysian airliner tragedy ‚a global problem’

Malaysian airliner tragedy ‚a global problem’

Both Barack Obama and President Komorowski have said the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in eastern Ukraine should be a „wake-up call for Europe and the world”.

A woman looks at flowers left in commemoration for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 21 July 2014. Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH17 with more than 280 passengers, including 193 Dutch passengers on board was downed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July. Malaysian leaders from all sides of the political divide expressed disappointment with Russia for failing to exert its influence over separatist rebels in Ukraine controlling the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.  EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

A woman looks at flowers left in commemoration for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 21 July 2014. Photo: EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

President Barack Obama said Friday that the US was preparing tougher sanctions against Russia after it has failed to stop the violence in eastern regions of Ukraine, which has led to the death of 298, half them Dutch, on board the downed Malaysian Airline’s Boeing 777.

„This certainly will be a wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine; that it is not going to be localized, it is not going to be contained,” Obama told reporters in Washington after talks with Germany’s Angela Merkel, British PM David Cameron, among other world leaders.

In Poland, Ukraine’s western neighbour, President Bronislaw Komorowski said after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk that what was once a problem for Ukrainians is now “a global problem”.

Komorowski called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, but this must be accompanied by action “to deter attempts to destroy the Ukrainian state and create a permanent conflict in the region”.

Malaysian Buddhists light candles as they pray for passengers and crew of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 July 2014. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers  and crew on board crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July. World leaders have called on the rebels to give international investigators unfettered access to the site, where the United States says MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 777-200 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.  EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Malaysian Buddhists light candles as they pray for passengers and crew of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 July 2014. Photo: EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai is flying to Kiev on Saturday to ensure an investigating team gets safe access to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Staff from the OSCE visited the crash site on Friday but complained that they did not have the full access to evidence that could shine light on who shot down the plane on its way from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital.

„We encountered armed personnel who acted in a very impolite and unprofessional manner. Some of them even looked slightly intoxicated,” an OSCE spokesman is quoted by Reuters as saying.

An international consensus is emerging, however, that the plane was brought down by a missile fired by separatists and that there was no reason to doubt the validity of a widely circulated audiotape in which voices identified as rebels discussed the downing of the aircraft. (pg)

Malaysian Buddhist lights candles as they pray for passengers and crew of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 July 2014. A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew on board crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July. World leaders have called on the rebels to give international investigators unfettered access to the site, where the United States says MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, killing all passengers and crew aboard theaircraft bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.  EPA/AZHAR RAHIM

Malaysian Buddhist lights candles as they pray for passengers and crew of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 July 2014. Photo:  EPA/AZHAR RAHIM

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