193 Dutch citizens, including an infant, were killed on Malaysian Flight 17, more citizens killed than any other country.
Army Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, 28, is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I’m going to do what I can with the authority I have to act,” Obama said in a signing ceremony.
“What are they trying to hide?” Obama asked, in reference to suspicious behavior from pro-Russia separatists.
“The eyes of the world are on eastern Ukraine and we are going to make sure that the truth is out,” Obama said.
Speaking by phone, Biden signaled support on behalf of the United States to assist in the ongoing investigation as to how and why the plane crashed in eastern Ukraine.
Obama said the first priority is determining if Americans were on board.
Both the Kremlin and the White House confirmed the discussion on Thursday, with the White House saying that Putin informed Obama of the news.
The new sanctions will prevent U.S. economic markets from interacting with two energy institutions and another two major banking institutions in Russia.