Australia had "oversized ambitions" and lost sight of the political situation in Ukraine, when it sent its investigators on the site of the MH17 crash, Russian officials said on Thursday.
No victims' remains were found on the site where the Malaysian airliner was shot down on 17 July in the three days before Australian investigators pulled out of the area, Australian's special envoy, Angus Houston, said in an interview with ABC Radio National on Thursday morning.
The search operation for the remains of the victims was officially suspended this week as the fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in the area increased, blocking access to the crash site.
"In the three days preceding the closure of the team's work, no human remains were found," Houston said.
"We weren't able to search the areas we needed to finish the job because that's where the defensive lines were. Essentially there were no other areas that we needed to search and it was time to call an end to it. I think the decision [...] was absolutely right in the circumstances.
"The expert advice I have from one of the world's renowned experts in this area, is in his view we have recovered most of the remains and he's very confident that there are no major remains left."
Houston added that the team would return to the site to resume the research once the conflict's intensity decreased.
"In terms of what remains to be done I think it's absolutely vital that we go back when the environment becomes much more permissive," he said.
"I think that [final inspection] will probably take about two weeks and the whole objective of that will be to make sure we have not left any identifiable remains behind."
Western countries have repeatedly suggested that MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels fighting in Eastern Ukraine, a charge Moscow has vehemently denied, claiming the suggestion they armed separatists was nonsensical.
All of the 298 passengers were killed in the crash, including 38 Australians, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has repeatedly reiterated that Russia had to pull its troops away from the Ukrainian border and withdraw its support for the rebels.
According to the Russian foreign ministry, the Australian government's insistence in blaming Russia for supporting the pro-Russian rebels showed Abbott's government had "completely lost an adequate picture of the developments in Ukraine and around it".
"They keep making absurd statements that the humanitarian convoy to help civilians in the south-east of Ukraine can be used as a pretext for Russia's 'armed invasion' of the neighbouring country," the ministry told Russian news agency ITAr-Tass on Wednesday night
"Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has gone farther than others in making irresponsible innuendoes against our country even though one would think that her position presupposes building bridges between countries, not destroying them."