Russia in the course of future consultations on the investigation into the 2014 downfall of the occupied Donbass MH17 passenger plane, which resulted in the death of 298 people, does not intend to recognize its responsibility for it, said spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova.
According to her, the focus of consultations that will take place in Vienna shortly will not be the recognition of Russia’s legal responsibility, but “the whole complex of issues related to this incident, which are of fundamental importance for the establishment of true causes.”
Moscow, among other things, wants an explanation as to how in the course of the investigation, data is being used and taken into account, which it provided and provides Russia, she said.
In the Netherlands on February 7, they said they were “increasingly confident” that Russia would agree to official talks on the results of an international investigation into Moscow’s legal responsibility for knocking down the Malaysian Airlines plane. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands reported that initial diplomatic contacts with Russia took place in a “positive atmosphere”, and there are hopes that the discussions will lead to official talks on this issue. And Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Block has told journalists about “diplomatic contacts to see if we can begin official talks on state liability for the destruction of MH17.”
The Malaysian Airlines airplane “Boeing 777” flying MH17 from the Netherlands Amsterdam to Malaysian Kuala Lumpur was shot down over the zone of Russian hybrid aggression in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. 298 people were killed – all who were on board. With the consent of Ukraine, on the territory of which the tragedy occurred, the international investigation – both technical and criminal – was led by the Netherlands, whose citizens were among the most dead.
The first of these, the Technical Council for Security Investigations in the Netherlands, found that the plane was shot down by a rocket missile complex “Buk”, launched from the Russian hybrid forces controlled by that time on the territory of the Donbas. The second, a criminal investigation into the international Joint Investigation Unit, also concluded: the launcher of the Buk missile, a rocket from which the MH17 flight was shot down, belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade from the Russian Armed Forces, was delivered from Russia to the occupied part of the Donbas, From there launched a rocket, and after knocking down the airliner returned to Russia. But the specific perpetrators in the group have not yet been named, the investigation continues. In the world, Russia has repeatedly called on Russia to acknowledge its responsibility for knocking down an airplane.
Russia is constantly denying all the results of the investigation. In Moscow, with his conclusions, they disagree and argue that it ignores the information provided by the Russian side. In the Joint Investigation Group, they reject these allegations and emphasize: since the beginning of the investigation, the group “has always carefully analyzed and processed the information provided by Russia” and has thus established that the information of the Russian side has repeatedly “inaccurately described the facts.”
Russian mass media and numerous statements by officials, in particular from the Russian Ministry of Defense, called quite different, often mutually exclusive, versions of the disaster that would have to be blamed on Russia – it accused, in particular, of Ukrainian militaries. However, in the course of the investigation, they were all denied.