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

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Some lawmakers in the D.C. region say the U.S. should increase pressure on Russia to get out of Ukraine.
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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.

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