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Sen. Coats condemns Russia after plane shot down ^ | July 18, 2014 | Bennett Haeberle

Posted on 07/18/2014 7:01:15 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In direct response to questions about the Malaysia Airlines crash that killed nearly 300 people, U.S. Senator Dan Coats, R–Indiana, suggested Friday that the United States and other world leaders should condemn President Vladimir Putin and Russia by imposing even tougher economic sanctions that would “cripple” that nation’s economy.

“I think we need to send the message that you are not going to get away with this without a paying a real price. And that real price needs to be ratcheted up now – not later,” Coats told 24-Hour News 8, referring also to the country’s continued support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said while it’s not clear who is responsible for downing the commercial jet, “It’s a tragic situation. Whether it’s a mistake, whether or who has possession of the capacity to do this – we haven’t totally tied down yet. But we will.”

Moments later, he said: “(Russia is) sending a lot of weapons to bad guys. It’s very likely that one of these surface-to-air missiles came right out of Russia – at least the technology. Whether or not it was launched in Russia or by the separatists, the technology there was Russian-made.”

Coats was being briefed Friday on updates on the crash investigation, which still remain fluid. He also took time to remark about the death of 25-year-old Karlijn Keijzer, a Dutch-born former graduate student and rower at Indiana University who was among the 298 killed in the tragedy.

“Our hearts go out to all the nearly 300 people who lost their lives on that plane,” Coats said. “And this IU student and someone from here from Indiana being a part of that it brings it home to us – how needless this was, how reckless this was and how we have to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Earlier this week, prior to the airline disaster, President Obama announced a series of economic sanctions against Russia. Coats has been highly critical of Russian President Vladmir Putin in the past. In March, the Senator co-sponsored a resolution that passed the Senate condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

“I’m one of those seven that have been banned from doing anything in Russia – not that I want to go there. But nevertheless, we continue to believe we need to put the economic squeeze on Russia. (President) Reagan did that and we drove them to their knees,” Coats said.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: indiana; mh17
“This is ought to be a breaking point for the world. The world ought to see that what’s going on there, initiated by Putin and Russia is simply not acceptable,” said Coats.

1 posted on 07/18/2014 7:01:15 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Putin is little Hitler. He will be the cause of WWIII.
2 posted on 07/18/2014 7:04:55 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Nature abhors a vacuum.

Obie's lack of leadership created this vacuum that evil has crept into.

3 posted on 07/18/2014 7:05:17 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Logical me

“Putin is little Hitler. He will be the cause of WWIII.”

The weakness of Obama will be the cause of WWIII.

4 posted on 07/18/2014 7:15:34 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

As I watch this play out, I have realized, in former days I would be feverishly watching the news to guage America’s response to the senseless murder of its own, but I am so convinced the rebels and Putin will get away with this, I am not interested in the least. Obama makes incompetence look like a virtue. But what should we expect from our first affirmative action President?

5 posted on 07/18/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

But Obama promised Putin there would be more “flexibility” after Obama was re-elected. How could that possibly go wrong? (sarc)

I also remember Obama ridiculing Romney during the debates, when Romney dared to suggest that Russia would possibly be the most dangerous geo-political threat in the coming years. Why don’t ABCNBCCBSCNN remember this poignant moment? (sarc)

6 posted on 07/18/2014 7:36:29 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: Avid Coug
It’s official: Americans say Mitt Romney was pretty much right about Russia
7 posted on 07/18/2014 7:47:55 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Avid Coug

Don’t forget laughing Hillary and her “reset button” in this.

As SOS, she was front-and-center in getting the ABM systems out of Eastern Europe, giving Russia exactly what it wanted - a free hand to threaten every country in the region.

And sure enough, it’s playing out now.

8 posted on 07/18/2014 7:55:19 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: All

@@ ERROR MESSAGE 666 @@@

Your Russian re-set program has failed to initiate.

A system fault may be the problem.

Re-boot your government and try the “political right” start mode.

9 posted on 07/18/2014 8:52:54 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (Sectarian warfare -- no dog in that hunt)
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