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Putin under scrutiny after downing of Malaysia Airlines jet
Putin under scrutiny after downing of Malaysia Airlines jet

The downing of a passenger jet over separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine puts Russian President Vladimir Putin in a tight spot. What he does about it, and whether that changes the nature of the Ukrainian conflict, depends on the strength of evidence of Russian involvement, the willingness of European countries to increase pressure on him, and the potential damage to Russia's economy. It also depends on Putin's considerable skills at diplomatic maneuvering. U.S. officials on Friday said Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 appears to have been shot down by a Russian-made Buk antiaircraft system firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile, technology that would be difficult for...

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