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MH17: former Perth journalist Ashlee Mullaney asks a direct question on behalf of the Maslin family about Russian responsibility for the attack. July 26, 2018

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Four years after the horrific downing of Malaysian Airliner MH17 with the loss of  of 298 lives near Torres in Ukraine the Maslin family has used the anniversary to attack US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after their controversial summit in Finland.

Perth parents Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris, who lost their three children Otis, Evie and Mo and their grandfather Nick Norris in the MH17 disaster,  have the attention of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo was told of the ongoing pain families of victims as he said the US will continue to hold Russia accountable for the 298 people, including 38 Australians, killed when the aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by a Russian missile four years ago.

A letter from Mr Maslin was read by Seven News reporter Ashlee Mullaney to Pompeo at a press conference on Tuesday in California at the conclusion of the annual Australia-US Ministerial (AUSMIN) talks.

In a question asked on behalf of the family, whose children “Mo, Evie and Otis were murdered on flight MH17 along with their grandfather along with 294 other innocent people”, Seven’s US correspondent Ashlee Mullany described their ongoing devastation.

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“This is a question on their behalf, in their words: That the plane was hit by a Russian missile has been proven to be an irrefutable fact,” Ms Mullany said.

“That this killed our three beautiful children and their grandfather, and destroyed our life and many other lives … is an irrefutable fact.

“Secretary Pompeo, will the United States, our friend and ally, help Australia hold Russia to account, and how?”

“We need the Russians to continue to be held accountable for that. We take this matter seriously. You have America’s support in that and will continue to do so. ” Mr Pompeo responded.

Pompeo, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne spent the past two days at the AUSMIN talks, held at Stanford University.

Speaking  after the joint press conference with Mr Pompeo yesterday Ms Bishop said she had no concerns about the US commitment to finding justice for the victims of the MH17 atrocity. Ms Bishop said Mr Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis gave repeated assurances the US would do everything it could to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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