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Moscow says MH17 investigation carried out without full-scale cooperation with Russia

January 21, 19:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia was not allowed to join the joint investigative group, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesperson Maria Zakharova reminds
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MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted the lack of full-scale cooperation on the ongoing international investigation of the MH17 crash in east Ukraine in 2014, Foreign Ministry’s official spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Answering a question on how the investigation proceeds after the technical part has been completed without taking into account Russia’s position, Zakahrova said: "There is no full-scale cooperation in the investigation." She reminded that "Russia was not allowed to join the joint investigative group." "Out of all countries, only Malaysia agreed to accept the relevant request. Other countries decided to allow Russia to cooperate only on separate topics in concrete spheres," she noted.

"However, even in the framework of such cooperation, Russia effectively and successfully works on those issues that are addressed to our agencies," she stressed.

Zakharova reminded that "Russia repeatedly handed materials that can help in the investigation." "Multiple invitations still remain in force to come to Russia to study results of all researches and experiments conducted by Russia on this matter. All invitations, calls, proposals are being ignored," she noted adding that "an absolutely selective approach" can be seen in the investigation.

On July 17, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Most passengers - 193 people - were Dutch nationals.

Dutch Safety Board said in its final report on the MH17 crash published on 13 October 2015 that the airliner was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile. The report said that the missile was launched from an area of around 320 square kilometers in east Ukraine.

Almaz-Antey arms manufacturer that designed the Buk missile system said that Flight MH17 was hit by a missile fired from the Zaroschenskoye settlement that was controlled by Ukrainian forces on the day of the crash. Russian experts came to a conclusion that the old type of missile was used that was not manufactured in Russia since 2011.

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