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Putin calls for peace after plane crash

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says all parties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine should lay down the arms and engage in talks as soon as possible after a commercial airliner was shot down.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin motions to blow a kiss to journalists as he leaves the Itamaraty Palace after the BRICS Summit in Brasilia. Picture: Felipe Dana. Credit: AP

Putin said on Friday in comments carried by Russian news agencies that “peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible” and called for direct talks between Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents.

Separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces have been fighting each other for three months now, killing more than 400 people and displacing tens of thousands. - Sapa-AP

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