“What Russia needs to do … is use their influence to help deescalate the situation,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
“I know there’s a great urge and has always been to make this about politics,” Jay Carney said.
The White House says over 30,000 people attended this year’s festivities.
The White House did, however, use the petition to promote immigration reform.
The Vice President is in Kiev for two days to try and seal the deal on a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine.
Hamid Abutalebi was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran where Americans were held for more than a year.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday told TRNS he wasn’t sure who was behind antisemitic flyers in eastern Ukraine.
The president called the deal “promising,” but cautioned that only time will tell whether Russia is serious about recalling separatist forces.
The president said that reviving America’s middle class “is the defining issue of our time.”