Putin blames Ukraine for MH17 investigation delay
On Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian government of interfering with the investigation into the cause of the disaster with flight MH17.
Putin made these comments during talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific conference in China. Investigators have had little access to the disaster area due to the constant fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists.
"The reference that the territory of the crash site is controlled by so called pro-Russian separatists is totally un-grounded." Putin said. "It is not them but the opposite side constantly shelling the site and doesn't allow full work there" He added that Russia fully supports an impartial investigation into the cause of the disaster.
Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down above Eastern Ukraine on July 17th, killing all 298 people on board. Thus far it has been determined that the crash was not caused by an accident or by a bomb aboard the plane. This leaves two possibilities: the plane was downed by an attack from the ground or an attack from the air.
The Ukraine and Western countries have accused the rebels of shooting down the plane with a Russian missile. Russia denies this accusation.