Wednesday 7 December 2016

Vladimir Putin: 'I'm ready to talk about the downing of MH17 with Malaysia'

Published 17/05/2016 | 14:25

George and Angela Dyczynski, whose daughter Fatima was a victim of the tragedy, sit on a piece of wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in Donetsk
George and Angela Dyczynski, whose daughter Fatima was a victim of the tragedy, sit on a piece of wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in Donetsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss the issue of the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine in 2014 with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak this week, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on Tuesday.

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"Should Malaysian representatives wish to discuss the topic of the Boeing, we certainly will also be ready to discuss it," Ushakov said. Razak will attend an ASEAN summit in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

A Dutch enquiry found that a Buk missile fired from a surface-to-air system within Ukraine downed the MH17 passenger jet, killing 298 people.

Relatives of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 also confirmed that they were told that the official investigation had concluded the jet was destroyed by a Buk missile.

They relatives also said that they were told that passengers would have been unconscious when they died.

But the Russian maker of the weapon says its own probe contradicts the Dutch findings.

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