Even Brezezinksi, who hates Russia more than life itself has always said, all the time, in ALL his books - how can you isolate Russia?
He then answers his own question - you have to break the Russian-Chinese Shanghai Cooperation Agreement and their bloc in the Security Council against the three NATO States - which I strongly suspect is what all the business with the plane is all about, since Murodch IMMEDITATELY blamed Chinese Jihadis (which means Wegurs, Turkmen, Uzbekhs etc., and the Transhimalayan Highway into Pakistan (which actually ends in Abbatobad, if you can believe that)) and suggested it would be a great opportunity to split China off from Russia "while Russia bullies" over Crimea.
And don't EVER forget the Hotline conversation between Bush and Putin on the Day of 9/11, around 5pm when Bush served notice that NATO and the Pentagon were taking Afghanistan and formally setting up shop with bases in the soft-underbelly of the former Soviet Republics of Russia's Near Abroad.
Putin could have said "Nyet".
At which point, conduited in by way of Global Guardian and Apollo Guardian, the Kremlin may well have received a full-scale thermonuclear first strike in the face.
But fortunately for humanity, and for the world, Putin is a shrewd and clever man.
Someone had to be....