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President Obama says it's too early to assess the intentions of those responsible for shooting down Flight MH17. We will make sure the truth comes out, says Obama.
*Shares in Aeroflot, Bashneft down 5-6 pct. The downward pressure on shares reflected concerns over new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Both Russia and Ukraine have denied involvement in the incident.
President Obama comments on the crash of Malaysia Flight MH17. Obama says evidence indicates the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile and separatists have received arms and training from Russia.
President Obama comments on the crash of Malaysia Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine and on the situation in Israel. Obama says Russia refuses to take concrete steps to diffuse the situation.
William Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, provides insight on what President Obama will say about the conflict in Ukraine. Taylor says this has been a serious crisis and it's taken this tragedy to bring it home to people around the world.
Treasuries held steady on Friday, taking in stride a weaker-than-expected U.S. consumer sentiment survey and holding onto the safe-haven flows stemming from the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and Israel in the last 24 hours.
NEW YORK, July 18- U.S. stocks rebounded and European markets recovered a bit on Friday but the euro dipped below $1.35 for first time since February after a Malaysian airliner was downed in eastern Ukraine and Israel stepped up a ground assault in Gaza.
Former Undersecretary of State Nick Burns, shares his thoughts on the situation in Ukraine. Burns says logic points to Russian complicity and Putin has a lot to answer for.
UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The United States said on Friday it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.
NBC's Jim Maceda reports the latest details on what brought down Malaysia MH17. Maceda says sanctions on Putin may increase but many expect the Russian president will continue business as usual.
CNBC's John Harwood discusses expectations for President Obama's upcoming statement on Ukraine.
Andrew Wood, associate fellow for the Russia and Eurasia at Chatham House, says the European Union should respond with heightened sanctions to the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
July 18- Oilfield service provider Schlumberger Ltd, which drills with Rosneft on the Russian island of Sakhalin, said there was no "real impact" on its business in Russia, two days after the United States slapped sanctions on Rosneft. "As of now, there is no impact from sanctions," Schlumberger Chief Executive Paal Kibsgaard said on a post-earnings conference call.
Rep. Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, (R-Calif.), weighs in on the situation in Ukraine. Royce says Russia needs to help with a ceasefire to get U.S. officials on the ground in Ukraine.
*Investors wary after Malaysian plane downed over Ukraine. LONDON, July 18- European shares edged lower on Friday as the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine stoked tensions between Russia and the West and outweighed some strong earnings reports from Sweden.
UNITED NATIONS, July 18- U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon is alarmed at seemingly "credible, numerous reports that suggest that a sophisticated surface-to-air missile was used" to bring down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, a top U.N. official said on Friday.
Putin is responsible for the Malaysian plane crash over Ukraine—even if he didn't order the attack, says former WH adviser David L. Phillips.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS CHIEF JEFFREY FELTMAN SAYS WILL TRAVEL TO KIEV, MOSCOW IN COMING DAYS.
UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The U.N. Security Council on Friday called for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over Ukraine, urging all parties to grant investigators access to the site.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst, provides insight to how the U.S. and European Union should respond to Russia.