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Russian Foreign Ministry slams Australian FM's "anti-Russian Cold War" statements

June 16, 2015, 18:16 UTC+3

Bishop lashed out at Russia over the Ukrainian crisis accusing militia forces of blocking the MH17 crash site last July not allowing international experts to the site

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Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

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MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. Anti-Russian Cold War cliches heard from Canberra are a road to nowhere, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, commenting on the statements by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addressed to the Russian side over the Ukrainian crisis.

"Some days ago, Bishop lashed out at Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, there were accusations addressed to "separatists" in the southeast of the country who allegedly blocked the MH17 crash site last July not allowing international experts to visit the site," the ministry said.

"She cynically added that because of their support by Russia it was impossible to timely repatriate the remains and personal belongings of many Australians who were among the victims." "Canberra was allegedly forced to raise the issue during the conversation with the Russian resident on the sidelines of the Brisbane G20 events in November 2014," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Such statements by the Australian minister confirm that in the assessment of developments in Ukraine the sense of reality has not returned to politicians in Canberra toeing the line of their overseas mentors," the ministry said.

"Bishop should have remembered the details of her conversation with the Russian leader in the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan in October and of Putin’s conversation with Prime Minister Tony Abbot ‘on the sidelines’ of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing in November 2014."

The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the efforts of the militias "made it possible to ensure the timely removal of the bodies and personal belongings of the plane crash victims and, most importantly, prevented them from being destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery." It was militias that "ensured the inviolability of the flight data recorders and handed them over to international experts.

"The duplication of anti-Russian Cold War clichйs still used in Canberra is a road to nowhere. By resorting to such remarks Bishop leads the Russian-Australian relations down a blind alley," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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