US lawmakers are considering introducing new legislation calling for additional sanctions on Russia in the wake of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, Senator Chris Murphy told Reuters.
Mr Murphy, chairman of the Senate's Europe subcommittee, said he planned to reach out to key senators during the weekend "to talk about essential new sanctions legislation."
Thousands of online users have taken to social media to call for the victims of the Malaysian airliner crash to be returned to loved ones.
United States intelligence officials admitted that they do not know who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed flight MH17.
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