Blumenthal Calls for Putin to 'Pay and Apologize' for Russia's Role in Malaysian Airlines Crash in Ukraine

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    Members of Congress, including a U.S. senator from Connecticut, want to ratchet up the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin after a Malaysian Airlines jetliner was shot down in an area of Ukraine that pro-Russian separatists control.

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) weighed in on the Flight 17 crash, stating that stronger sanctions should be put in place against Russia for its role in the tragedy. The crash killed at least one American.

    "President Putin must be compelled to pay and apologize -- pay the victims' families through a compensation fund, and apologize to them and the world for Russia's role in this terrorist massacre," Blumenthal said on Sunday.

    President Barack Obama said in a press conference Monday that the "burden is on Russia" to open access to the crash site to international investigators, according to NBC News.

    You can visit the NBC Connecticut website for further coverage of the plane crash.