President Barack Obama visits the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, where he signs the condolences book for victims of the MH17 crash in Ukraine. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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President Barack Obama said the entire country is heartbroken by Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was downed in Ukraine last week and whose 298 passengers died in the crash.
Obama made the comments on a visit to the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, where he signed a condolences book for the Dutch people.
"Obviously, we are all heartbroken by what happened and this is an opportunity for me to extend on behalf of all the American people to express our deepest condolences over the loss of families and friends and to express our solidarity with the people of the Netherlands with whom we've been friends and had the deepest ties for centuries and to ensure the Dutch people that we will work with them to make sure loved ones are recovered, that a proper investigation is conducted and that ultimately justice is done," Obama told reporters afterwards.
The Netherlands lost 193 of the 298 people killed.
The Netherlands will be leading the investigation into the crash. Dutch prosecutors have opened an investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 on suspicion of murder, war crimes and intentionally downing an airliner, a spokesman said on Monday. Based on the Law on International Crimes, the Netherlands can prosecute any individual who committed a war crime against a Dutch citizen.
The Netherlands, which has until now has been hesitant about imposing tougher measures on Moscow, was not opposed to further sanctions if Russia did not do more to help, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said Monday.
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