KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15, 2015:

Russia has advised all parties to stop the blame game, telling Malaysia to avoid pointing fingers over the Malaysian Airlines (MAS) MH17 tragedy.

Russian Ambassador to Malaysia Valery N Yermolov instead called for Malaysia to work with the country in its efforts to find out the real perpetrators responsible for shooting down the ill-fated plane.

“Malaysia should not point fingers at anyone or make claims that anyone is responsible for this (before finding out the truth).

“That is why I was a little bit surprised and disappointed when the leaders of Malaysia said that the aircraft was downed by a Russian-made BUK missile,” he said, referring to comments made by the nation’s authorities following the report released by Dutch Security Board (DSB) on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday reiterated his call for those responsible for the downing of MH17 and murder of the 298 people on board to be held accountable.

Najib also pointed out DSB’s findings concluded that the Boeing 777 aircraft was shot by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

According to Yermolov, Russia was prepared to work together with Malaysia and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to seek justice for the victims killed in the tragedy. “We want to continue the investigation with necessary adjustments and ensure participation of all countries in possession of materials that could help shed light on the MH17 tragedy. “It goes without saying that Russia stands ready to join these efforts.”

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