Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov has been summoned to meet Foreign Minister Julie Bishop over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has asked Russia’s ambassador to Australia for assurances his government will co-operate fully with an investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine.
Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov was summoned by Ms Bishop on Friday over the missile attack that brought down MH17, killing all 298 people aboard, including at least 28 Australians.
Ms Bishop said she had asked Russia to give its unqualified support for a thorough and independent investigation into the downing of flight MH17.
“What we’re calling for and what we intend to establish through the UN Security Council is an investigation that will get to the bottom of who is responsible for this unspeakable crime and that they be brought to account,” Ms Bishop said.
“I also asked him about whether Russian equipment, military weapons and the like, or surface-to-air missiles could have been involved and he said not to his knowledge.”
Russia’s unqualified support for Security Council resolutions paving the way for the investigation was also sought, as well as its support for a ceasefire so the crash site could be secured and bodies could be retrieved.
“The Russian ambassador provided that unqualified support … and he assured me that Russia would do what it could to find those responsible,” Ms Bishop said.
“I informed him that the international community would demand that those responsible for this incident be found and be held to account.”
The ambassador is understood to have denied any Russian involvement, and told Ms Bishop he would relay Australia’s demands to Moscow.
Ms Bishop said she hoped to speak to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later on Friday.
Asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin should be barred from attending the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November, Ms Bishop said she would discuss the issue with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Mr Morozov spent more than an hour with Ms Bishop at the Commonwealth Parliament Office in Sydney.
He made no comment to media.
The aircraft was on the way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Friday when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.
Mr Abbott has said it was suspected the plane was shot down “by Russian-backed rebels”.
The prime minister suggested Russian arms might have been used in the attack.