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LBJ School's Robert Hutchings analyzes Malaysia incident

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The questions are just beginning to be asked.

Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and former chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council in Washington says it will be days or weeks before we get all of the facts...but we may never get them.

"But I think what is clear is that we've entered a new phase of the violence in the Ukraine that was first instigated by Russia and Russian separatists. So the pressure...the stakes have been [taken] up a good bit higher," Hutchings said.

Both Russia and the Ukraine are denying any involvement in bringing the plane down. Hutchings says he's not sure who is to blame.

"If you're looking at motives, the Russian separatists in the Ukraine had motives for doing so to bring Russia back in the game to help them achieve a separate state or rejoin Russia. But we have no evidence whatsoever at the moment that's the case," he said.

As for civilians flying over war-zones in commercial airliners...

"Airplanes have been shot down from the sky already. So this is the reason American carriers and other carriers determined not to fly over Ukranian airspace and I'm sure every carrier will make that choice now," Hutchings said.

Hutchings says U.S./Russia relations have been strained already and Vladamir Putin's leadership has taken them backwards in time. Something he says is now everybody's problem.

"It's now not only a regional issue, it's now a continental, even a global issue that's going to arouse the attention of all of Europe and the United States. And I think this takes us to a new level and I think the pressure on Russia needs to be intensified quite sharply," he said.

Malaysia's prime minister has said Flight 17 did not make a distress call and its flight route had been declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

A security expert with the BAA said many airlines, including Malaysia Airlines, ignored warnings not to fly over that area and continued to take the route because it was shorter and cheaper.

Regardless, Malaysia Airlines announced all European flights will now take a different route.

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