In a phone call between President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday, the White House said both leaders agreed that more sanctions need to be levied against Russia for arming separatists in eastern Ukraine and for failing to “de-escalate the situation” in the wake of the MH17 tragedy. Obama also spoke with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who reportedly agreed that international investigators need access to the crash site immediately.
France has sent troops to “secure” the Air Algérie flight crash site and “gather the first elements of information," a statement from French President Francois Hollande's office said. The wreckage of the Air Algérie flight that crashed with 116 passengers on board was found close to the Malian town of Gossi, “50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border." It was said that no one survived. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is expected to visit the crash scene on Friday, according to Reuters.