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Australian prime minister remains determined to meet Russian president over MH17 disaster

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, address the media with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference at parliament house in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, address the media with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference at parliament house in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, unseen, during a meeting at parliament house in Canberra, Australia Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Stefan Postles, Pool)

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, unseen, during a meeting at parliament house in Canberra, Australia Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Stefan Postles, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, second left, talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a meeting at parliament house in Canberra, Australia Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Stefan Postles, Pool)

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, second left, talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a meeting at parliament house in Canberra, Australia Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Stefan Postles, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is determined to secure a one-on-one meeting soon with Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand full cooperation in the investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

In a joint news conference with Abbott on Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed that investigators had retrieved more human remains this week from the rebel-held site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on July 17 with the loss of 298 lives, mostly Dutch.

He had recently announced that a team reached the spot where the plane's wreckage is scattered and retrieved an unspecified number of human remains.

The tragedy was at the top of the agenda in meetings on Thursday between Rutte, Abbott and the Australian Cabinet.