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UK's Cameron tells Putin shooting down MH17 "unacceptable"

British Prime Minister David Cameron told Russia's Vladimir Putin the shooting down of the MH17 passenger plane was "totally unacceptable" and appeared to be the work of Russian separatists.

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron told Russia's Vladimir Putin the shooting down of the MH17 passenger plane was "totally unacceptable" and appeared to be the work of Russian separatists.

"The evidence suggested that pro-Russian separatists were responsible and the Prime Minister made clear that if Russia wants to put the blame elsewhere they would need to present compelling and credible evidence," a press release about the phone call from Downing Street said.

Cameron urged Putin to use his influence with pro-Russian separatists to ensure experts can access the site of the crash, which killed almost 300 people on Thursday, collect evidence and repatriate the victims.

"The G7 and EU had repeatedly called on President Putin to cease support for the separatists and to work with the rest of the world to find a peaceful resolution. Russia's failure to do so had contributed to an appalling tragedy," the statement said.

"European foreign ministers would be meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to consider further sanctions on Russia given its inaction. The world was now watching and President Putin must change course and work to bring stability to Eastern Ukraine."

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