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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been attacked by Russia over comments relating to the MH17 disaster. (file pic)
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been attacked by Russia over comments relating to the MH17 disaster. (file pic)

Russia has hit out at Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for ‘absurd statements’ and ‘irresponsible innuendoes’ about the MH17 disaster and conflict in Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement, reported on the Itar-Tass news website, slamming Australia for accusing Russia of being responsible for the plane crash and the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

‘It seems that burdened by their own oversized ambitions some members of the current Australian government have completely lost an adequate picture of the developments in Ukraine and around it,’ Itar-Tass quotes the statement as saying.

The ministry lashed Australia for suggesting its ‘humanitarian convoy to help civilians in the south-east of Ukraine can be used as a pretext for Russia’s armed invasion of the neighbouring country’.

‘Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has gone farther than others in making irresponsible innuendoes against our country even though one would think that her position presupposes building bridges between countries, not destroying them,’ the ministry said.

Ms Bishop escalated her criticism of Russia on Tuesday after talks with the US secretaries of state and defence.

She accused Moscow of ramping up its supply of weapons to the rebels as unarmed Australian and Dutch investigators tried to retrieve evidence from the Malaysia Airlines crash site.

‘On the very day that Australia was holding a national day of mourning to grieve the loss of so many Australian lives, Russia chose to impose sanctions on Australia,’ she said.

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  1. It’s a tough situation for those analyzing the black box data. It likely proves the Ukrainian junta’s SU(s) shot down the aircraft with an air to air missile and 30mm cannon fire. They would just falsify the data but they know the Russians had the black boxes for 2 days and likely copied the content. It looks they have chosen to simply not release it at all.

  2. I’m an American and I live in America so I don’t know Julie Bishop at all. I’ve never been to Australia or anywhere near it. I never heard of Julie Bishop until MH17. I have no personal interest in her or involvement with her so I have no personal reason to defend her.

    Quite frankly, it’s the job of the foreign minister to make the sentiment of the Australian people known to the world in general and Russia specifically. I think she’s just doing her job. It’s easy for Russia to say that Julie Bishop is going too far because Russia didn’t lose any citizens on MH17. I think Australia lost 28 souls on MH17. I think that if Australia had proxy thugs who shot down a civilian airplane using a weapon supplied by Australia and 28 Russians were killed as a result then Russia would be saying the exact same things the Julie Bishop is saying.

    I think that Russia’s complaining against Julie Bishop in part because Julie Bishop is a woman and the Russian leadership are a bunch of macho tough guys and they don’t like a woman being so direct and blunt with them. I think that Tony Abbott said some very strong things about Russia early on but admittedly he has since restrained himself. Still, he said very strong things against Russia in the beginning, but Russia isn’t making an issue of the things that Tony Abbott said. I think that’s because Tony Abbott is a man and the macho Russian tough guys understand that men have a propensity for tough talk. They just don’t like it when a woman is direct and blunt with them.

    Australia will probably keep Julie Bishop on the sidelines for awhile because Russia is sending signals that they can’t work with her. I don’t think that Julie Bishop has done anything wrong. I think she’s been a strong leader in all of this.

    The thing is that everything Julie Bishop has said is true and Russia just doesn’t want to hear the truth from a woman. She’s a smart, strong lady, and photogenic too.

    One thing is that her strong approach in this matter does not reflect that she’s a coarse person or anything like that. In my view the approach she is taking is the result of the situation. MH17 is a major incident…it’s a big plane crash in which people died, they were blown out of the sky by Russian rockets that were given to thugs for the purpose of shooting planes out of the sky. That’s the craziest part of all this – those thugs actually did what they were supposed to do. They were supposed to shoot planes out of the sky and they did. But of course one of the planes they shot down was not supposed to be shot down.
    Anyway, it’s a crazy event and I think Julie Bishop has served Australia well, but I suspect that the PM will pull her aside for awhile. I hope she doesn’t take it personally. It isn’t her fault. It’s the Russian leadership’s mentality about women.


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