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Russia: Russia's exclusion from MH17 crash investigation has not contributed to objectivity - Peskov
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Russia: Russia's exclusion from MH17 crash investigation has not contributed to objectivity - Peskov  

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 18, 2022 at 14:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov claimed that Russia's exclusion from the investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) had not contributed to the objectivity of the investigation.

"We continue to regret that Russia was not able to be part of and was not allowed to be part of that investigation, the investigation that was taking place. We are convinced that the exclusion of the Russian side from the process at the very least did not contribute to the objectivity of that investigation," he stated.

The spokesperson added that an in-depth analysis of the court ruling was needed.

He responded to a journalist's question about the possibility of new contacts between Russia and the United States with START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) talks scheduled for late November and early December. According to Peskov, 'the summit is out of the question at the moment'.

The Kremlin spokesperson also commented on Sweden's publication of data on sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline.

"The very fact that there is already evidence in favour of a confirmation of a sabotage or terrorist act, it can be called anything you like, it once again confirms the information that was and is available to the Russian side," he noted.

Peskov added that it was very important not to stop the inquiry, and find out who was behind the blasts at the gas pipeline system in September.

On Thursday, the District Court in The Hague found two Russian citizens, Igor Girkin and Sergei Dubinsky, as well as Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, guilty of downing flight MH17 with a Russian-made Buk missile over the Donbass region in 2014, sentencing them to life in prison.

The court acquitted a third Russian on trial, Oleg Pulatov, finding he had no prior knowledge of the plan. All have two weeks to appeal the ruling.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

The Dutch government blamed Moscow, while Russia strongly denied any involvement and the judgment did not directly link the use of the Buk system to Moscow.

In response to the decision, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the court had "neglected the principles of impartial justice for the sake of the current political situation", claiming judges were under "unprecedented pressure" from Dutch politicians, prosecutors’ representatives and the media, leading to a "politically motivated outcome".

The department stated that prosecutors’ conclusions were based on evidence from "anonymous witnesses whose identities are classified, as well as on information of dubious origin" from Ukrainian Security Services.

It claimed there was "no convincing evidence" that MH17 was shot down by a Buk system of Russian origin, and accused judges of ignoring documents declassified by the Russian Defence Ministry which it says show "the transfer to Ukraine of a missile, the serial number of which matches that found on the wreckage at the crash site."

The ministry also reiterated its condemnation of Kiev for failing to close the airspace over a combat zone, and the United States for refusing to share satellite images from the day of the incident.

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Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov claimed that Russia's exclusion from the investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) had not contributed to the objectivity of the investigation.

"We continue to regret that Russia was not able to be part of and was not allowed to be part of that investigation, the investigation that was taking place. We are convinced that the exclusion of the Russian side from the process at the very least did not contribute to the objectivity of that investigation," he stated.

The spokesperson added that an in-depth analysis of the court ruling was needed.

He responded to a journalist's question about the possibility of new contacts between Russia and the United States with START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) talks scheduled for late November and early December. According to Peskov, 'the summit is out of the question at the moment'.

The Kremlin spokesperson also commented on Sweden's publication of data on sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline.

"The very fact that there is already evidence in favour of a confirmation of a sabotage or terrorist act, it can be called anything you like, it once again confirms the information that was and is available to the Russian side," he noted.

Peskov added that it was very important not to stop the inquiry, and find out who was behind the blasts at the gas pipeline system in September.

On Thursday, the District Court in The Hague found two Russian citizens, Igor Girkin and Sergei Dubinsky, as well as Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, guilty of downing flight MH17 with a Russian-made Buk missile over the Donbass region in 2014, sentencing them to life in prison.

The court acquitted a third Russian on trial, Oleg Pulatov, finding he had no prior knowledge of the plan. All have two weeks to appeal the ruling.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

The Dutch government blamed Moscow, while Russia strongly denied any involvement and the judgment did not directly link the use of the Buk system to Moscow.

In response to the decision, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the court had "neglected the principles of impartial justice for the sake of the current political situation", claiming judges were under "unprecedented pressure" from Dutch politicians, prosecutors’ representatives and the media, leading to a "politically motivated outcome".

The department stated that prosecutors’ conclusions were based on evidence from "anonymous witnesses whose identities are classified, as well as on information of dubious origin" from Ukrainian Security Services.

It claimed there was "no convincing evidence" that MH17 was shot down by a Buk system of Russian origin, and accused judges of ignoring documents declassified by the Russian Defence Ministry which it says show "the transfer to Ukraine of a missile, the serial number of which matches that found on the wreckage at the crash site."

The ministry also reiterated its condemnation of Kiev for failing to close the airspace over a combat zone, and the United States for refusing to share satellite images from the day of the incident.