The West says pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine fired a missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Carnegie Moscow Center’s Dmitri Trenin spoke on WBUR with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about the Russian point of view.
Trenin noted that that President Putin views the situation with MH17 as extremely serious. “I think Putin is insisting on a very careful international investigation,” Trenin added. However, because “the international investigation has not begun in earnest,” actions of Western governments will be based on evidence supplied essentially by the United States, which Putin and other Russians will see as “sanctions and punishment not so much for the shooting down the plane, but rather for Russia’s position on Ukraine,” Trenin concluded.