While the West ramps up pressure on Russia and its President Vladimir Putin over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, Moscow is finding some support from the East.
Since the weekend Chinese media have been highly critical of the approach of Western nations such as the U.S., saying in editorials that these countries have been too quick to point fingers at Moscow-backed rebels and implicate Russia for escalating violence.
State news agency Xinhua has called U.S. and Australian officials “rash” to blame Russia before the conclusion of a thorough investigation of the downing of MH17. It said the top priority is for countries to cooperate to “find out the real culprits, if any”. The Communist Party-backed newspaper, The Global Times, said Monday, “The premature trial by Western media is not based on known facts and logic”.
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