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(CNN) – With investigators yet again unable to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 eleven days after it was shot out of the sky, one former CIA operative is not confident we will ever get "clear answers" or "any arrests," and puts the blame squarely on Russia.
"It's clearly a war crime. This plane was shot down, whether by accident or on purpose, and I think they've got the elements of a crime there. The problem is, of course, in the end is finding the suspects. You're not going to get the help of the local police and that's what you really need," says CNN National Security Analyst and former CIA operative Bob Baer. "The chances of getting that cooperation to tell us who fired that missile and why I think are close to zero."
He also does not believe Europe will be willing to bring any serious repercussions against the Russians.
"I think the only thing you can do against the Russians is serious sanctions against their energy exports to Europe, but the Europeans are not going to go along with that - not now. I don't know what circumstances they'd change their minds," Baer remarked, adding, "I think with passage of time, this is going to be forgotten. It's going to be lost in the diplomatic exchanges and the rest of it. But I just don't foresee we're going to get a clear answer on this or get any arrests."
For more of our interview with CNN Analyst Bob Baer, check out the video above.
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