U.S. Senator John McCain said Thursday that there would be ‘hell to pay, and there should be,’ if Russian forces or pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine were behind the missile attack that brought down Malaysian Airlines flight 17.

‘This was an airliner headed towards Russian airspace,’ the Arizona Republican said on MSNBC. ‘And it has the earmarks – and I’m not concluding – but it has the earmarks of a mistaken identification of an aircraft that they may have believed was Ukrainian.’

‘If that’s true, this is a horrible tragic event which was certainly unanticipated by anybody no matter who they are. And there will be incredible repercussions if this is the case.’

‘If it is the result of either separatist or Russian actions mistakenly believing that this is a Ukrainian warplane,’ McCain warned, ‘I think there’s going to be hell to pay and there should be.’

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