Putin sees through Abbott's tough talk.
The moment has finally come. The moment Prime Minister Tony Abbott got so close to Putin he could finally put his words into action and "shirt-front" the Russian president over the shooting down of MH17.
We all watched on in anticipation. Abbott and Putin were facing off on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Tuesday in Beijing, China. Then something strange happened. They had a conversation.
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Was Abbott all talk? Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed our worst fears: "It appears he did not try." The 15-minute conversation tackled the main issues, but ticket holders were disappointed they didn't get the action they had paid for.
The promotional material was a little stronger in its wording and many watched on expecting blows. "I am going to shirt-front Mr. Putin, you bet I am," Abbott had said in October. "I'm going to be saying to Mr. Putin, Australians were murdered, they were murdered by Russian-backed rebels using Russian-supplied equipment."
So what went down? Why didn't Abbott use a hard-core Australian Rules football maneuver to show Putin what he really thought about the MH17 tragedy, the murdering of innocent Australians and Russia's apparent involvement?
When the moment came, the strong words went out the window. Abbott's office said the Prime Minister cited the Iranian passenger plane shot down by the U.S. Navy in 1988. He commended the precedent the U.S. had set as they "apologised and made appropriate restitution." He hinted that Putin should do the same.
Abbott also indicated he was in possession of information "suggesting that MH17 was destroyed by a missile from a launcher that had come out of Russia, was fired from inside eastern Ukraine and then returned to Russia.”
The PM's office and the Kremlin said the pair even managed to come to a resolution in regards to the passenger flight that was shot down in Ukranian airspace in July, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board, including 38 Australians.
“The prime minister and President Putin agreed that all relevant information should be provided to the independent investigation and that the investigation should proceed with the full support of the international community.”
Wait, so there won't be any shirt-fronting?
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