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July 18th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Rep. King: Putin has blood on his hands

(CNN) – If the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 really was the work of pro-Russian rebels, armed by the Russians, does President Vladimir Putin have blood on his hands?

"Putin is responsible. If you want to use the expression blood on his hands, I would say yes," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

King is a member of the homeland security committee and chair of the sub-committee on counterterrorism and intelligence.

"As a world leader he has to know, that when he transfers weaponry of this sophistication, which is so lethal, he has to be responsible for the consequences for that. An American died. So I would blame Putin for that. And I would also put responsibility on him for all of
the others," said King.

For more of our interview with Rep. Peter King, check out the video above.

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