July 27th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Hillary Clinton: Putin 'bears responsibility' in downing of MH17

(CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin bears at least some responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

"I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly - through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian Special Forces and intelligence agents - bears responsibility for what happened," she told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an exclusive interview that will air Sunday.

Clinton's comments come just over a week since Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board. Pro-Russian militants have been accused of downing the plane using Russia-supplied armaments and of interfering with the subsequent investigation at the crash site.

U.S. President Barack Obama last week called the crash a "wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine," a view Clinton echoed in urging Europe to go further.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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  1. Tampa Tim

    But Putey is a RWNJ hero. Remember W looked in his eyes and saw his soul was good, and gave him Georgia?

    July 27, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. it must be said

    U.S. President Barack Obama last week called the crash a "wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine," a view Clinton echoed in urging Europe to go further.

    Seriously?!! It took the downing of that jetliner to be a wake-up call for Europe and the world? No, I don't think so. The world is quite awake and sees what is going on BUT CHOOSES TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY.

    Obama and Europe have made meaningless token gestures that have done nothing but embolden Russia to even go further. Just more empty rhetoric from our empty suit President who continues to vote present before jetting off to his campaign fund raising. Problem is we have to endure 2.5 more years of this Obama nightmare and I'm sure Putin is really looking forward to re-establishing the old USSR in that time.

    July 27, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Smitty

    Well Hill I agree, and Obammy and holder are responsible for Agent Terry and how many others from the guns they gave to the Cartel ??? I would guess an ample amount of people have died due to those weapons. So to quote you WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE ??

    July 27, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. #teddy.bear.on.the.loose

    Obama promises he'll get really, really mad if Russia does something that requires him to stop his epic campaign fund raising and hob knobbing with the rich Democrat donors. Actually, Putin can do pretty much anything he wants because he knows absolutely nothing will take Obama off the money circuit. Benghazi attack? Go to Las Vegas the next day to fund raise. Airliner downed, hundreds dead, off to campaign fund raisers. Southern border being invaded? Go to campaign fund raisers and shoot pool in Colorado, no need to go to the border for a photo op, but that pool shooting wasn't a photo op was it?

    July 27, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. just asking

    but shouldn't obama and hillary clinton also bear some of the responsibility for the downing of the airliner? would russia be doing what it is doing without the help and aid of obama and clinton over the last 5.5 years, 4 years with hillary as secretary of state. what did they do in that time to help keep ukraine strong and in the western camp, or even nato?

    they knew putin and russia were dangerous because russia had already invaded georgia so they had ample warning. i guess they thought their stupid russian reset button was serious foreign policy! i mean they gave russia a free gift by cancelling the missile defense plans and threw our allies under the bus in doing it.

    what you have here is total incompetence on obama's part as well as hillary clinton's part in accurately evaluating and dealing with an aggressive putin and russia. obama and hillary clinton were and have been dead wrong. mitt romney and sarah palin were 100% correct in their assessment of putin and russia. you will never see that in the op ed of the new york times even though it is 100% correct.

    July 27, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Janet Nappylotto

    And what Clinton says really means anything...

    July 27, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Chris..E.al

    I blame 0bama for calling Putin a mad little school boy that time ? Which the same could be said of himself and i blame Clinton for pushing the wrong darn buttons again . Just lead from behind and again a day late and many trilllions short .

    July 27, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Putin has attacked Ukraine, with artillery, from Russian soil. That is clearly an aggressor act of war.

    July 27, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Yes he dose !

    When you give crazy people weapons such as he gave the pro Russian rebels , you need to be held accountable .

    When you use pro Russian nationalism as a tool for your own political being , be carful , your playing with fire .

    Knowing that Vladimir Putin's greatest admires and supports are Fidel Castro and Silvio Berlusconi says it all .

    July 27, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. President Messiah Darkness

    Rick McDaniel
    Putin has attacked Ukraine, with artillery, from Russian soil. That is clearly an aggressor act of war.

    I will look into this after I get off the golf course and fly back from my campaign fund raiser. I promise to will take firm measures this time. I will wave both arms.

    July 27, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. anthony78

    But never mind that, lets use this as another reason to blame Hillary and Obama for things completely unrelated to the article...

    July 27, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. pc

    as she says they need to get tougher, she is agreeing with all of you haters. it was bush that gave putin georgia. please start seeing the issues for what they are, not opportunities to smack talk. alliance and sanctions are all we have. does anyone really want to spend tax payers dollars and american lives to save the ukraine from russia? well maybe mc cain and dj palin, but I mean anyone that isn't completely out of touch or insane. see now you got me doin it ... it's a viscous circle

    July 27, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Tim

    Great job on that reset button Hillary.

    July 27, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Satellite images show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.

    July 27, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. J Anthony

    Sorry morons, Russia is not the threat you think it is or would like it to be...if they were to become so, they would be crushed militarily. But see, sane, smart people would like to aoid WW3. The only U.S. interests being served by our involvement in the Ukraine proxy-war are bankers and corporations.

    July 27, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. J Anthony

    "avoid WW3

    July 27, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. S. B. Stein

    There is too much showing that Putin has had and currently has some connection to these rebels. Wouldn't it be nice if these people want to be in Russia that they move?

    July 27, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Thomas

    The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is a war crime .

    The killing of innocent non combative men , women and children by armed pro Russian militants .

    July 28, 2014 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  19. sifto77

    Why do people like tampa tim keep repeating partial phrases attributed to GWB and adding ridiculous endings of his own..that oft repeated sentence is totally out context

    July 28, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |