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Bolton: Malaysian Plane Disaster a ‘Wake-Up Call’ for Russia Appeasers

Speaking with Greta van Susteren on the Fox News program On the Record, John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that the shooting down of a civilian Malaysian airliner in Eastern Ukraine was the result of Russian policy.

“And I think it’s important for Americans to lean the bigger lesson here,” Bolton said. “This is not just about separatists in Eastern Ukraine, this is about the view of Russia and how it pursues its interests around the world, which we have — let’s be honest — facilitated over the last five-and-a-half years in many respects. I hope what this does, this tragedy, is serve as a wake-up call to those who have only dimly seen what Putin and the Russians are up to.”

He added that the current sanctions against Russia are “mere pin pricks” and that Russia should be subject to sanctions with real teeth.

“I think if you want sanctions, let’s have real sanctions. I’ll give you an example: no Russian financial institution has any role in the American financial system. That’s a sanction.” 

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