Putin rejects conclusions of investigation into downing of Flight MH17

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news briefing after an annual nationwide televised phone-in show in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia disagreed with the conclusions of an international investigation that named three Russians and a Ukrainian this week as suspects in the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014.

Speaking to reporters after his annual question-and-answer session, Putin said the investigation had not presented any proof that Russia was responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Maria Kiselyova, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey