A local congressman says the U.S. needs to impose even tougher economic sanctions on Russia if it is shown that Vladimir Putin’s government is linked to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet this week.
But Congressman Rodney Davis is rejecting the idea of a military response to the incident. The jet was apparently brought down by a missile, which officials believe was fired from an area of Ukraine where insurgents are getting weapons and support from Russia.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois says in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, commercial jetliners ought to be equipped with technology to help them avoid missile strikes. Kirk says an anti-missile system that’s built here in Illinois could have prevented the tragedy.
It would cost $2 million each to equip every passenger jet with the technology, but Kirk says the cost is small compared to the 300 lives lost in this week’s shootdown.