Plane crash in Ukraine unlikely to halt deepening divisions in old Soviet bloc on Russia

July 19, 2014 10:54 AM

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Plane crash in Ukraine unlikely to halt deepening divisions in old Soviet bloc on Russia

WARSAW, Poland – Poland's foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine — blaming the crash on Russia-backed "bandits." But throughout most of central and eastern Europe, leaders withheld judgment, expressing shock but refusing to say more until more facts are in.

The caution is not surprising: Several former Soviet satellite states have developed closer economic ties to Russia in recent years, making them unwilling to take a strong stand against Moscow in the Ukraine conflict. Though all have condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea, they are divided over wha...

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