– Australian PM Tony Abbott: ‘I am going to shirtfront Mr Putin – you bet I am – I am going to be saying to Mr Putin Australians were murdered, they were murdered by Russian backed rebels’
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center in Beijing on November 11, 2014 (AFP Photo / Alexey Druzhinin)
– ‘No harsh phrasing’: No ‘shirtfront’ from Australia PM on Putin at APEC encounter (RT, Nov 11, 2014):
The Russian and Australian leaders have discussed the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 on the sidelines of the APEC summit in China. Despite a previous promise to act tough, PM Abbott has abstained from physical force against President Putin.
“The leaders have quite resolutely called for a genuine investigation of the causes of the catastrophe [of the MH17 flight], Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, claiming lives of everyone on board, 298 passengers and crew, among them 38 Australian residents. Abbott has stated on more than one occasion that in his opinion that Malaysian Boeing was shot down by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region.