Australian leader plans tough words with Russia

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Posted: Oct 13, 2014 2:40 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned he intends to use tough language with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Australia next month in demanding full Russian cooperation with the Dutch investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in July.

Putin has confirmed that he will attend next month's summit of the world's 20 biggest economies, being held in Australia's east coast city of Brisbane.

Abbott told reporters on Monday he will seek a bilateral meeting with Putin about Russian-backed rebels shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine on July 17. The attack killed 298 people, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.

Abbott says he expects his conversation with Putin will be the toughest that the Russian leader has at the summit.