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'Illegal' Western sanctions point to cover-up: Russian envoy

Published on Jul 25, 2014 12:48 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Russia's ambassador to Britain said on Thursday that Western sanctions over Ukraine are illegal and further measures would indicate a cover-up over the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Mr Alexander Yakovenko told a news conference in London that the Kremlin was not responsible for supplying weapons to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine accused of downing the airliner.

"The Western sanctions against Russia, first of all we believe they are illegal, unreasonable and counterproductive," Mr Yakovenko told reporters.

"Russia doesn't supply weapons to local de facto (separatist) authorities in eastern Ukraine. No evidence whatsoever has been presented that the Russian government has been doing this," he added.

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