Russia has rejected Australian plea that it should pay compensation for MH17 disaster that was downed by Ukrainian rebels supported by Moscow.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ealier alleged that Russua had a role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, but Russia brushed aside his demand that it apologise and pay compensation to the families of the victims of the crash, said a report in Canberra Times.
A Russian embassy spokesman in Canberra, Alexander Odoevskiy, asked Abbott to present any evidence that the flight was indeed shot down by Russian-supplied missiles. "We totally refute the allegations and want to commit to full and impartial international investigation," the spokesman said.
Odoevskiy also refuted Abbott’s reference to the US paying compensation after shooting down an Iranian passenger aircraft in 1988. He said the two cases were "incomparable" as there is no agreement over who was responsible for the MH17 incident.
Western governments have blamed Moscow for the MH17 crash and have held that the aircraft was destroyed by Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists with the help of missiles supplied by Russia.
Abbott made the plea when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Beijing on Tuesday and demanded an apology and compensation from Russia, for its role in the incident.
The aircraft, MH17, carrying 298 people, was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17 when it crashed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, about 60 km from the Russian border, where the rebels were in control.
All 298 people, including crew members, onboard the Boeing 777-200 died, including 38 Australians.[cateogry, world]