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Putin Rejects Dutch, Australian Claim of Russia Role in MH17

  • Governments take step after conclusions from Dutch-led probe
  • Russia ‘doesn’t trust’ inquiry into Malaysian plane tragedy
A part of the BUK-TELAR rocket that was fired on the MH17 flight is displayed on a table during a news conference of the Joint Investigation Team, in Bunnik on May 24.

A part of the BUK-TELAR rocket that was fired on the MH17 flight is displayed on a table during a news conference of the Joint Investigation Team, in Bunnik on May 24.

Photographer: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP via Getty Images

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President Vladimir Putin rejected accusations by the Netherlands and Australia that Russia was responsible for the 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, after investigators said they found proof the missile that downed the plane belonged to a Russia-based military unit.

“No, of course not,” Putin replied when asked if a Russian missile had shot down the aircraft, killing all 298 people aboard, most of them Dutch citizens. “There are different versions of this tragedy, but no one takes them into account,” Putin told the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday.