Russia reaction to jet crash 'deeply unsatisfactory': Australia PM
SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Friday called Russia's response to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine "deeply, deeply unsatisfactory".
"I have to tell you that the initial response of the Russian ambassador was to blame Ukraine for this, and I have to say that this is deeply, deeply unsatisfactory," he said, saying the crash was "not an accident, but a crime".
The Boeing 777 came down on Thursday, killing all 298 on board, including 28 Australians, and Abbott said it appeared that Russian-backed rebels were responsible.
"We all know that there are problems in Ukraine," he said.
"I want to say to the Australian people that as far as I am concerned, when you have a situation where Russian-backed rebels appear to have killed Australians using -- it may well turn out to be Russian-supplied heavy weaponry -- Australia takes a very dim view indeed and we want the fullest possible investigation."