MH17: We are counting on Russia, says Najib

Najib (left) and Putin during the the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting.

BEIJING - Malaysia is counting on Russia to bring the MH17 crash tragedy to a conclusion, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"The interim report issued by the investigating body showed that it (the crash) was not an accident.

"The plane was brought down by a high-energy object.

"More work has to be done before we can conclude what kind of high-energy object it was and where it was fired and who was responsible for firing it," he said during a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting Monday.

Najib said to get to the bottom of the incident, the investigating teams involved would need to have complete access to the crash site to retrieve debris of the high-energy object and reassemble the wreckage.

"Unfortunately, this (full access to the crash site) has not happened.

"Malaysia is not an interested party in the geo-political conflict in the area.

"We hope you will be able to assist us.

We are count on you to help conclude what had really happened to MH17," he told Putin.

Donetsk Oblast in eastern Ukraine where the aircraft broke and crashed on July 17 is an area contested by Ukrainian militants and pro-Russian rebels.

Since the incident that killed all 298 people on board the aircraft happened, the Ukrainian government and Russians had blamed each other for bringing down the plane.

Najib said both Ukraine and the rebels were supposed to observe a ceasefire in the area but they did not do so and this had delayed the closure of the tragedy.

"We have always taken a very objective position.

"Instead of finger pointing, we would rather wait for the final investigation report to make a conclusion to what happened to MH17."

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