Per FNC’s Catherine Herridge –
Rep. Schiff Statement on Intelligence Community Disclosure of Involvement by Pro-Russian Separatists in Malaysia Airlines Downing
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after intelligence community officials disclosed evidence linking Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists to the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane:
“Despite the Russian government’s increasingly Orwellian assertions to the contrary, the evidence that Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are responsible for the tragic take-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight continues to mount with today’s disclosure by the intelligence community. Russia has been supplying the separatists with tanks, heavy weapons, anti-aircraft systems and training and other munitions throughout the conflict, and it cannot escape responsibility for the tragic consequences we have seen this week. Does Putin believe he can seriously maintain that large convoys of military hardware are leaving his country without his knowledge, let alone active support?
“The Russian government needs to stop watching its own propaganda, rejoin the community of nations and put an end to this disastrous interference in Ukrainian affairs. And if it won’t, Europe will need to join us in going much farther than it did today to tighten sanctions on the Russian economy – the most effective deterrent to Putin’s increasingly adventurous and dangerous territorial ambitions.”