This is a moment of truth for Mr. Putin and for Russia

23 Jul 2014 07:20

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"This is a moment of truth for Mr. Putin and for Russia," Kerry said. "Russia needs to step up and prove its bona fides if there are any left."

Kerry also condemned the rebels' response to the crash, calling it "grotesque."

“Drunken separatists are stacking bodies into the back of trucks, removing materials from the site,” Kerry told Stephanopoulos. “This is an insult to everybody. It’s really a moment of truth for Russia to step up and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

"We are not drawing the final conclusion here," Kerry said on "Meet the Press." "But there is a lot that points at the need for Russia to be responsible." m-shoesboxThe Boeing 777 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam with 298 people on board crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border Thursday. U.S. and Ukraine officials believe the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile of unknown origin. Both government officials and pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region have denied responsibility.

The secretary also commented on the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, saying Hamas would have to agree to a cease-fire without additional concessions from Israel.

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