Putin can't avoid MH17 "conversation": Australian PM

6 November 2014 10:34
(QHA) -

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is determined to secure a one-on-one meeting soon with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to demand full cooperation in the investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine.

Abbot said Putin will not be able to avoid a "conversation" over the loss of Australian lives.

Moscow has yet to respond to Abbott's request for a meeting with Putin during the G20 summit in Brisbane next week.

Meanwhile, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed during a November 6 visit to Australia that investigators have retrieved more human remains from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists where the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on July 17 with the loss of 298 lives, mostly Dutch.

The tragedy was at the top of the agenda in meetings on November 6 between Rutte, Abbott, and the Australian government.