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 Australia PM Says Will Confront Putin at G20 Over Downed Flight MH17 "Murders" - Reuters

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he would use an upcoming G20 leaders summit to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the "murder" of Australian citizens.

Abbott, who has been amongst the most strident critics of Russia's handling of the affair, said on Sunday that it was not within Australia's power to ban a G20 member from attending, but promised to give Putin a stern talking to, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters.

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"I'm going to be saying to Mr Putin, Australians were murdered and they were murdered by Russian-backed rebels using Russian supplied equipment," he said.

Abbott has struck perhaps the toughest line of any Western leader against the Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, accused by Western countries and intelligence agencies of shooting down the jetliner with a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile.

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He said that an "industrial-scale" cover up was under way at the crash site before international investigators were allowed access by the rebels, and spoke openly about his desire to block Putin from attending the summit next month.

 
 
 
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