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McCain: If separatists shot down MH17, Putin should pay 'a heavy price'

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said today that if pro-Russian separatists shot down MH17, Russian president Vladimir Putin should pay "a heavy price," reports Roll Call.

McCain called the crash "obviously a game-changer." He continued: "It's an outrageous and incredible act of terrorism that people [should be] held responsible — and not only the people directly responsible, but indirectly. And if these are the, quote, 'separatists,' which are also Russian, Vladimir Putin should be paying a heavy price. But I am not concluding yet until we find out all the information. I don't want to jump to any conclusion."