Obama, Australian PM call for plane investigation

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 12:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott are reiterating their calls for an "unimpeded and transparent" international investigation into the downing of a plane in Ukraine.

The White House says the two leaders spoke Sunday evening. They agreed Russia has a responsibility to use its influence with pro-Russian separatists who control the crash site to compel them to cooperate with international monitors and investigators.

At least 37 Australian citizens and residents were on board when the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

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