July 20th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate Intel chief: Putin should 'man up' on plane disaster

(CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin should "man up" and offer clear explanations amid important questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday.

"I think the nexus between Russia and the separatists have been established very clearly. So the issue is, where is Putin?" Feinstein said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I would say: 'Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say if this was a mistake, which I hope it was, say it.' Even if it was a mistake, it's a horrendous mistake to make," Feinstein added. "And I think it points out the futility of what's happening in the Ukraine. Because there will be repercussions from this."

The United States has said evidence suggests a Russian-made surface-to-air missile fired from the pro-Russia rebel territory took down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on Thursday. On board the plane were 298 people, with citizens from more than 10 nations. All of them were killed in the crash in eastern Ukraine.

"It's pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists," Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN on Sunday.

U.S. officials believe the missile systems may have been moved back across the border into Russia.

Russia has denied any involvement, and Putin said Ukraine's military campaign against the rebels was to blame. He also has called for a "thorough and objective investigation" of the crash.

Since the crash, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels have traded bitter accusations over who was responsible and what has been done since.

Ukrainian officials have said that a Russian-made Buk M1 missile system, brought into eastern Ukraine from Russia, had shot down the airliner.

But the local head of the rebels, Alexander Borodai, has rejected accusations that his forces shot down the plane, telling reporters that the rebels lacked the firepower to hit an aircraft that high.

During the interview, CNN's Candy Crowley pointed out previous sanctions against and meetings with Russia all designed to get that country out of the Ukraine and to stop supplying weapons to the separatists.

What makes anyone believe that Putin will "man up," Crowley asked Feinstein?

"I think the world has to rise up and say we've had enough of this," the senator said. "I think Europe has to come together. I think Germany, in particular, has to lead. I think we have to continue with sanctions. It's difficult, because you need Russian help in so many things."

CNN's Phil Black, Jethro Mullen and Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.


Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. it must be said

    Obama and you morons in Europe are the ones that need to man up! Putin is sending is heavy weaponry including these anti-aircraft batteries and all Obama sends is rations. Obama is a useless dolt when it comes to international problems like this. Mr. Feckless Red Line Obama is one big reason Putin is doing this, he knows Obama will sit around, wag his finger and give a speech, then run off to a campaign fund raiser, just as he did in Syria.

    Russians and dictators like Putin understand one thing and one thing only, body bags with Russians in them. That is what it took to get them out of Afghanistan. Start enabling ALL enemies of Russia to produce those Russian filled body bags. Show him two can play at the country destabilization game. The problem is, and Putin knows it, Obama is a wimp that won't do what needs to be done.

    July 20, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. just asking

    i have just one question for our european posters:

    what is going to take, how many will have to die, before europe stops sucking on russia's big gas pipeline and takes action against adolph putin? maybe a russian into poland to 'protect russians' will help clarify the situation?

    you do realize you all went down this road before, right? or have you forgotten it already? or do you just expect your protector, the usa, to deal with this all alone and then save your bacon when it really hits the fan? i fear europe has just become fat, dumb and lazy just as they were in 1939 when they kept denying reality.

    July 20, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. bigd9749

    Well this will put off Putins planed annexation of eastern Ukraine for a while

    July 20, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. drake mallard

    Remember when Republicans were saying Obama needed to be more of a strong leader like Putin. When the were praises every aspect of this Russian leader... and calling Obama weak...Now that it is apparent Russian backed forces shot down a civilian airliner flying in Ukrainian airspace, we should remember all the right wingers who were so supportive of Putin’s move into Ukraine last year. For example, Palin, Buchanan, McCain, Graham, Limbaugh, Rubio and Rogers, among others, all talked about how much they admired Putin’s willingness to take bold steps in international relations.

    July 20, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Chris..E.al

    0k democrats how do you like your crow . Just say Sarah P. and Mitt R. was right about Russia and you were wrong go ahead say your sorry . It want be the last time .

    July 20, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Putin is a plain terrorist EU needs to cut its Oil, he gets good.

    July 20, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama needs to do this at a minimum.

    Immediately reinstate the missile defense shield in Poland and elsewhere. US troops should be flown into any NATO country bordering Russia that wants them. Arms shipments to those countries should increase 1000% so they can protect themselves. Ukraine needs to request the aid of the USA and the USA needs to send troops in, minimum 50,000. Get the US Navy in the Black Sea. Activate all NATO forces and move them to the border of Russia and in NATO countries.

    What Obama will do.

    Nothing. Talk, wag finger, call people, go to 200 more campaign fund raisers and tell people how tranquil the world is.

    July 20, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. ED1

    Obama should man up to his failure with health care that's not going to happen either.

    July 20, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. v/v/

    kiev's army shot down this plane. poroshenko did order this truc with international consciousness. question- WHY america VERY TRY show not true?

    July 20, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Thomas

    What is behind the friendship between Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and Russia's Vladimir Putin?

    Our friendship is like a wild boar roaring in the Russian winter. It will not be stopped. Come visit soon. Dancing girls will greet you.

    Yours,

    Vlady

    July 20, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Tony D

    bigd9749
    Well this will put off Putins planed annexation of eastern Ukraine for a while
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    Or even more likely, be used as an excuse to accelerate it claiming the current situation is just to dangerous to be allowe dto continue. He will save the Ukraine and the world from any further disasters. He will then be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the liberals for his efforts to bring peace to the world.

    July 20, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Chris..E.al

    @gurgy the e.u. gets its gas from russia so you know they heat with it and it gets cold there to just like here ? Drill baby drill ? Dems say no no no and fight every effort . Relax our economy is not effected by the e.u. ? Sarcasm . wow

    July 20, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. ja

    Putin is is mimicking America, America is going back in time due to the zealots on the Socalled Supreme Court, and the small mind tea party(GOP) the only difference is Putin has supreme rule,

    July 20, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Not likely to happen..........even Putin is not a fool.

    July 20, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. SMH

    Anonymous
    Obama needs to do this at a minimum.

    Immediately reinstate the missile defense shield in Poland and elsewhere. US troops should be flown into any NATO country bordering Russia that wants them. Arms shipments to those countries should increase 1000% so they can protect themselves. Ukraine needs to request the aid of the USA and the USA needs to send troops in, minimum 50,000. Get the US Navy in the Black Sea. Activate all NATO forces and move them to the border of Russia and in NATO countries.

    What Obama will do.

    Nothing. Talk, wag finger, call people, go to 200 more campaign fund raisers and tell people how tranquil the world is.
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    Good luck getting WW3 started, Anonymous. Believe it or not, trying to keep WW3 from becoming a reality is exactly what Mr. Obama has been doing, no thanks to a worthless United States Congress and equally worthless Supreme Court Justices. Now that the lid of corporate greed has been opened and given its full power in Congress, the role of President of the United States will be all but eliminated; giving the world's wealthiest men complete control. Make no mistake: when the wealthiest of us want their backs scratched - they WILL get what they want - regardless of which country they hail from or what congress runs that country. It will be we the littlest people of the world who will become expendable, with no where to turn to for justice or legal recourse, while THEY will dictate our every move with a snap of their very pointed and well manicured fingers.

    Read your history. Corporate control is right around the corner. Those now screaming against the United States government will be the first to scream loudest when they finally wake up from their willful ignorance and begin to fully understand how little control of their freedoms they will have with lobbyists and corporate kings managing their every minute of existence, with no government; no senator; no congressman; no court; no justices willing to serve their needs for fear of the very corporate powers that the senators; the congressmen; the courts; and the justices gave such unlimited power to begin with.

    July 20, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    putin will probably make an appearance shirtless and riding a horse to take away from the fact that his new Russia is at fault for this plane disaster.

    July 21, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  17. salty dog

    OMG mark the calendar, just, i agree . Uh ED1, when the Republicans stop attacking the aca, you should too, pay attention, over 70%, of gop receiving it, like it now, being led by the gop, means having to pay attention, or you look foolish. Just saying. You never have to think for yourself, but keep up ed.

    July 21, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |