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MOSCOW, July 19 Russia called on Ukraine's
authorities and rebels on Saturday to give international experts
access to the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines
plane, the foreign ministry said.
"The Russian side appeals to both sides of the Ukrainian
conflict, urging them to do everything possible to enable access
for international experts to the airplane crash area in order to
take action necessary for the investigation," it said in a
The statement came as Kiev accused Russia and pro-Moscow
separatists of destroying evidence of "international crimes",
saying it had proof that a Russian fired the missile assumed to
have killed all 298 aboard on Thursday.
"It is puzzling that before the trial even started the
official representatives of a number of states rushed to
unsubstantially put forward their versions of what caused the
airplane crash, thus putting pressure on the course of the
investigation," the Russian foreign ministry said.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on
Friday for the shooting down of the Boeing 777 while two U.S.
officials said Washington strongly suspected it was downed by
separatists backed by Moscow.
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)