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West doesn’t want objective probe into Malaysian Boeing crash in Ukraine - expert

July 21, 2014, 17:08 UTC+3 Zamyatina Tamara

 MOSCOW, July 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The West seems not to want an objective and unbiased investigation of a Malaysian passenger Boeing crash in eastern Ukraine, a Russian expert told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

Two contradictory facts - dragging out with the arrival of international experts to the crash scene and the United States’ and the European Union’s rushing to impose more sanctions against Russia - make one doubt that the West really wants to find the truth, said Major General Pavel Zolotarev, a deputy director of the Institute of the USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who formerly headed the Information and Analysis Centre of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“Delaying with the arrival of international experts to the Boeing crash site, on the one hand, can be explained by objective reasons,” he said. “You cannot reach Donetsk by plane - the airport is in the zone of combat operations between Ukrainian troops and local self-defense forces. Helicopters cannot be used due to the same reason. To reach the area by ground transport, Kiev should agree security corridors with the leaders of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic but the Ukrainian authorities are not willing to come into contact with them.”

“So, as long as no investigation is launched, both Kiev and Western countries seek to establish maximum dominance in the information space putting the entire blame for the tragedy on Russia,” he noted.

“On the other hand, due to some reason, the leaders of the United States and the European Union are not requesting, or prefer not to make public, information from Ukraine’s radar stations, although there are reports that a SU-27 fighter was following the Malaysian Boeing over Ukraine. It means that air traffic controllers of the Ukrainian radar station must have seen both their own SU-27, the Boeing and the missile fired at the latter. Such information could have helped to find out from where the strike was delivered,” the expert said.

“It is important to request from official Kiev data on the location of Buk missile defense systems on July 17, the day when the deadly incident occurred. Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has articulated ten questions to official Kiev, including why the Ukrainian army deployed the Buk systems in the zone of combat operation whereas the self-defense forces in the east have no aircraft. Neither of these questions has been answered and the West does not even ask any,” Zolotarev said.

“Allegations voiced by the US administration that a US satellite registered a missile launch from the territory controlled by the Donets self-defense forces give rise to doubts. Indeed, the atmospheric space is virtually stuffed with satellites. But to have a satellite surveille a concrete sector, its orbit should be adjusted correspondingly,” he said, referring to his experience as a top-ranking officer of the Russian strategic missile forces.

“Even if there are no data from radar stations and even if one of the parties seeks to hide information about the location of its Buk systems, it is still 90-%t possible to establish the causes of the crash. First, aircraft fragments make it possible to establish what kind of weapons had been used to down it. Second, it took some time for the jet to fall down and its pilots must have tried to do something, must have had flight-deck talks. The key to the tragedy might be inside the Boeing flight recorders,” Zolotarev went on.

“Flight safety specialists from international structures, from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Security Council are able to find out the causes of the tragedy and warn politicians against hasty conclusions,” he stressed.

“As for the United States’ pressure on the European Union to make it impose extra sanctions against Russia, it is a blatant attempt to isolate Russia in its own economic interests,” Zolotarev underscored.

“The world community is shocked by the accident that killed 298 citizens of various countries but US former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming out with calls to shut off Russian gas supplies to Europe. Washington is deliberately using the tragedy with the Malaysian Boeing to improve its financial standing. It looks like it wants to do that through exporting energy sources to the European market and for these ends it is seeking to shove Russia away from the European Union both politically and economically. The US wants to keep the European Union on a shorter leash by making it dependent on US energy resources. The tragedy of the Boeing victims is used as a cynical pretext,” he said in conclusion.


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