Politics
6:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Kinzinger And Bustos Discuss Plane Crash Probe

A northern Illinois Congressman wants the international community to freeze the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Those comments come from 16th District Republican Adam Kinzinger.

He says going after Putin's wealth might be the best way to get his attention as investigators look into what role Russia may have played in last week's downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (left) Rep. Adam Kinzinger (right)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (left) Rep. Adam Kinzinger (right)

"It's not going to be easy. This is a tough process. But I think it's one way to send a strong message," Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger says the U.S. should also push for tougher sanctions against Russia, especially in its energy sector. But Kinzinger says the U.S. should only pursue that action with the backing of other countries.

Meanwhile, Democrat Cheri Bustos, who represents Illinois' 17th Congressional District, says she's satisfied with the role the U.S. is playing so far in trying to figure out what happened. Like others, she warns that it could take a while to fully connect all the dots.

"This flight was shot down in an area where there's a lot of uncovering we still have to do," Bustos said.

Intelligence officials says satellite images bolster the case that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels shot down the civilian plane. But the U.S. stopped short of saying that Russia played a direct role.