MOSCOW, July 20, 22:44 /ITAR-TASS/. In a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was important to refrain from hasty conclusions and politicized statements until the investigation of the Malaysian Boeing-777 crash in eastern Ukraine is over, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday.
“Putin noted that the tragedy was rooted in the Ukrainian confrontation, including in the regions where the crash had taken place. The Russian side expressed its commitment and readiness to continue its assistance in organizing and conducting of a thorough international investigation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) into all the circumstance of the catastrophe. Until it is over, it is important to refrain from any hasty judgments and politicized statements,” the press service said.
The telephone conversation was initiated by the British side.
Putin offered his condolences to Cameron over the death of British citizens who had been onboard of the ill-fated plane.
“The sides discussed the ongoing acute political crisis in Ukraine and stressed the necessity of its soonest settlement by peaceful means only. It was noted that such peace process should be supported by the international community,” the press service said.
A Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in July 17 in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Region 60 km from the Russian border, in the zone of combat operation between the Donetsk self-defence forces and the Ukrainian army. All the passengers and crewmembers onboard the plane - 298 people - died. Travelling aboard the plane were citizens of ten countries, including 192 Dutchmen and 10 British nationals.
Earlier on Sunday, Putin has a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who agreed that it was important that all parties to the Ukrainian conflict ensured necessary conditions for the organization of an objective and independent international investigation of the crash.