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August 5, 2015

Putin Should Pay if Malaysia Airlines Jet Was Shot Down, McCain Says (Video)

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If it’s determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.

The Arizona Republican said it’s too early to know exactly what happened to the plane that reportedly crashed near the Russian border.

“It’s an outrageous and incredible act of terrorism that people [should] be held responsible and not only be people directly responsible, but indirectly,” McCain said when asked about reports the plane was shot down. “And if these are … separatists, which are also Russian, Vladimir Putin should be paying a heavy price. But I am not concluding yet that until we find out all the information.”

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, said he expected a briefing Thursday.

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday new sanctions targeting Russian businesses in retaliation for Putin’s actions on Ukraine.

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  1. guest

    July 17, 2014
    1:05 p.m.

    McShame, be quiet and go home, you are a colossal idiot.

  2. Packard Day

    July 17, 2014
    10:11 p.m.

    Oh here we go again, more babble from John (any war, anytime, any place, just so long as America can be in it) McCain.

    As an aside, I think the Obama Administration is unique blend of the utter incompetency of Jimmy Carter and the rank corruption of Richard M. Nixon. Nevertheless, and to be fair, Barrack Obama has saved us from the disaster that might have been President John McCain. Ugggg!

    • Scott Danziger

      July 18, 2014
      5:22 p.m.

      Obama’s problem, and the rest of America who voted for him, was/is, he was not experienced enough to be president in the first place. 2 years of a 6 year term in the senate isn’t enough time to be prepared to govern a country and make friends and allies in the congress. Now I am a Dem but NOT a liberal. And so many liberals wanted a black man in the white house over a more qualified person (Hillary). Now we deal with the mess.

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    July 18, 2014
    8 a.m.

    Ever notice how McCain spends more time in front of the camera than legislating?

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