PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and Russia will co-operate in bringing those responsible for the MH17 tragedy to justice, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
Hishammuddin, who is in Russia in a bid to expedite Malaysian investigatorsâ€™ return to the crash site, said both him and the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Army General Sergei Shoigu agreed to work together to ensure that the perpetrators face justice.
â€œI have requested for Russiaâ€™s assistance to ensure early safe passage for the international team to re-enter the crash site.
â€œShoigu explained that the situation at the site is still unstable but assured assistance once the conditions have improved. Given the short time frame that we are working with as winter is fast approaching, HE Shoiguâ€™s assurance on this matter is very much appreciated,â€ he said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that both men discussed on bilateral relations particularly on enhancing military cooperation between Malaysia and Russia.
Hishammuddin said he met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Borisovich Karasin, who was very supportive of efforts to negotiate for early safe passage into the crash site.
â€œKarasin also pledged to continue rendering support and assistance to Malaysia where needed. Both Karasin and myself also agreed on the need for the MH17 investigation to be conducted impartially and in complete transparency,â€ he said.
Hishammuddinâ€™s working trip will bring him to the Netherlands on Thursday night, where he will be meeting his Dutch counterpart Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.
â€œWe will continue discussions regarding co-operation on the investigation into the MH17 incident as well as promoting defence exchanges between Malaysia and the Netherlands,â€ he added.
Hishammuddin is on a working trip to Ukraine, Russian and the Netherlands in move to expedite Malaysian investigators’ return to the MH17 crash site.
He led a Malaysian delegation, which left for Ukraine on Sunday before making his way to Russia on Wednesday night.MYNEWSHUB/THE STAR