Putin warns against "mercenary political goals"

President Vladimir Putin has appealed on the warring sides in Ukraine to secure conditions for a full investigation of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines plane.

Source: Tanjug, ITAR-TASS
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In a statement, the Russian leader referred to the crash last week in the Donetsk region as "a terrible tragedy" and said that Russia “has repeatedly called on all the warring parties to immediately stop bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table.”

“It can be said with confidence that had the combat actions in the east of Ukraine not been resumed on June 28, this tragedy would have not happened for sure,” the president noted, Itar-Tass reported.

“At the same time, nobody should and has the right to use this tragedy for achieving the mercenary political goals,” Putin stressed, according to a statement issued by the Kremlin.

“All the people responsible for the situation in the region should raise their responsibility both before their own people and the peoples of the countries representatives of which have fallen victim to this catastrophe,” Putin said, and added:

“It is necessary to do everything to ensure security of work of international experts at the tragedy site,” the president noted. “Representatives of Donbas, Donetsk, representatives of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry and Malaysian experts are already working there today. But this is not enough.”

"A full-fledged expert group under the ICAO aegis and the corresponding international commission" should be sent to the crash site, said the Russian leader, and added that "it is necessary to do everything o ensure its full, absolute security, provide the humanitarian corridors it needs in its work."

The Russian leader also said that Moscow for its part would do everything that depends on it to make the conflict in the east of Ukraine transfer from today’s military phase to the discussion phase at the negotiating table by peaceful and exclusively diplomatic means.

The Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on Thursday in the Donetsk region in the area of combat actions between the local militia fighters Ukraine’s government troops, killing all 298 persons abroad, who came from ten countries.

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