The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hopes that the downed of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 “will galvanize” the international community to take a tougher stance against Russia. Offering his condolences to those lost in the tragedy, Senator Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) blamed the West’s “timid and cautious” approach toward Vladimir Putin for the disaster, and said it could have been prevented.
“What is also tragic is the response that the West has given up until this point,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “I hope this will be a catalyst by the West to step forward — I’ve been incredibly discouraged by not only the U.S. response, but, candidly, Europe’s response.”
For example, he revealed that he learned over the weekend that basic equipment such as night-vision goggles and bullet-proof vests have not yet been delivered to Ukraine.