Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Putin says 'all the right things' to Australia PM
Published on Jul 21, 2014 8:03 AM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said "all the right things" in a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who on Monday demanded he back his words with action over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
The two leaders spoke overnight in their first conversation since the plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, apparently shot down by pro-Russian rebels with a surface-to-air missile.
While Mr Abbott would not go into details about what was discussed with Mr Putin, he said the onus was now on Moscow to act.
"He did say all the right things and now he has to be as good as his word," he told Macquarie Radio.
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