In Wake Of Malaysia Airlines Downing, Lawmakers Push Sanctions Against Russia | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

In Wake Of Malaysia Airlines Downing, Lawmakers Push Sanctions Against Russia

Play associated audio
Some lawmakers in the D.C. region say the U.S. should increase pressure on Russia to get out of Ukraine.
(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Some lawmakers in the D.C. region say the U.S. should increase pressure on Russia to get out of Ukraine.

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are supporting efforts by the Obama administration to increase pressure on Russia to get out of Ukraine.

While President Obama is waiting for further evidence over allegations Russia aided in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, lawmakers in the area say the evidence is clear that Russia played a role.

Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, says "This is clearly Russian technology, and it involved Russian supply, and Russian training, and Russian exhortation to encourage the very rebels it's arming, and now we see the tragic consequences."

Connolly supports the new round of sanctions against Russia. He says unlike during the Cold War, they have a real chance of working. "Today's Russia is quite different. Its ruble, its currency, is exchanged on the international market. Its stock market is part of an international stock market that can definitely suffer consequences."

U.S. officials are now trying to persuade European leaders to increase sanctions against Russia.

NPR

Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.