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MOSCOW, July 21, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French colleague Francois Hollande in a telephone conversation have stressed the importance of the earliest launch of a comprehensive and objective international investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) into the circumstances of the air crash in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the Kremlin press service reported.
“The sides stressed the need of immediate cessation of military operations in the southeast of Ukraine as the most important condition for the effective work if international experts in the air crash zone,” the report says.
Putin and Hollande continued to discuss issues of international assistance to the earliest resumption of consultations within the contact group and implementation of other measures for the launch of the peaceful negotiations process in Ukraine. “In particular, they noted the importance of the implementation of Russia’s initiative on the presence of OSCE observers on Russia’s checkpoint for monitoring the situations on the Ukrainian border,” the Kremlin press service says.
The Boeing 777 plane of Malaysia Airlines that was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in the Donetsk region on Thursday, July 17, in the area of combat actions between the local people’s militia fighters and Ukraine’s government troops. The plane carried 298 passengers. All of them were killed in the crash.