July 18th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama, GOP lawmakers place blame on Putin

Washington (CNN) - Top American officials harshly criticized Russia on Friday for its continued support of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

President Barack Obama said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has the "most control" over the situation in eastern Ukraine as intelligence indicates that rebels most likely shot down Flight 17 from an area they control with a surface-to-air missile.


Filed under: President Obama • Russia • Vladimir Putin
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "An accurate and precise example of what Lynda had pointed out. Actual proof of the dumbing down of America in one succint and humorous post (debate ideas.... classic!).

    A few thoughts (that might not see the light of day - times nearly up):

    1. They have nothing, but project much.
    2. Debate in this forum has taken a turn for "personal" worst.
    3. I offer my apologies to Rudy (who will understand my comment).
    4. And yeah. What you and Silence said (always).

    July 18, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Thomas

    It's going to be a long hot Summer for Russian President Vladimir Putin .

    He has no control over his own thugs , could be a big money problem .


    July 18, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. anthony78

    Remember when Republicans were saying Obama needed to be more of a strong leader like Putin. When the were praises every aspect of this Russian leader... and calling Obama weak...

    I do. If Right Wingers aren't trying to be as conservative as the Taliban, they're busy admiring all of the traits of a Communist nation...

    All while saying Obama is destroying our country.

    No.. really.. you can't make this stuff up.

    July 18, 2014 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    I feel certain that it will be known in pretty short order who was responsible for this, probably right down to who gave the order and who pulled the trigger. The question is what do we do about it. This is not Obama's crisis, or the United States, or the Queens, or the President of France, or Spain, or anybody else. This is about us as a people, as a race. Not black, or white, or arab, or oriental, this is about the human race. All of us. What are we willing to tolerate and not? This is where we might finally have to come together as a race that inhabit this planet and say NO. This is the time we come together really as a people and say we are better then this. Damn you politics, and your money, and your religious beliefs, and you ideology--we are better then this, and we are going to to make someone pay dearly. If you want to stand back and criticize the president, call him names, blast him anyway you can for political reasons understand one thing.....you have failed not only your country but humanity as well. This was the act of a monster, people of many races and nationalities died because of it. This demands a global response.

    July 19, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. plain & simple

    Wonder how the republicans who just a few months ago were saying what a strong leader Putin was and how Obama isn't.....feel about those remarks now???? Really?

    July 19, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Ed

    I'm surprised the GOP haven't blamed Obama for the downed Malaysian aircraft. I probably spoke too soon.

    July 19, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |