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Kremlin calls for impartial, full investigation of MH17 crash in Ukraine

September 28, 13:13 UTC+3
Moscow calls to take into account data of Russian military during the investigation into the crash
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MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Russia wants open and full investigation of the 2014 Flight MH17 disaster in Ukraine, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

"The Russian side has been and will remain open to the maximum extent and insist on an impartial and full investigation of that tragedy," he stated.

He recalled that Russia had provided exhaustive information regarding the plane’s crash.

"This affair has overgrown with a tremendous amount of speculations and loads of low quality, unprofessional information. Also, some countries conceal or refuse to provide large amounts of information, such as radar data and so on. One must state that quite unambiguously," he remarked.

About the report due to be released later on Wednesday Peskov said he would advise everybody to refrain from relying on media leaks.

"It remains to be seen what phrases there will be and what conclusions will be made," he said. A joint panel of inquiry conducting a criminal investigation of the MH17 crash in Ukraine is to present its preliminary findings later today.

The spokesman has called to take into account data of Russian military during the investigation.

"There are unquestionable facts," Peskov told reporters. "No conclusions can be made without taking into consideration the latest information that was published by our military - namely the primary radar data that recorded all aircraft or objects that could be launched or be in the air on the territory controlled by militia at that time," he said.

The Russian presidential spokesman noted that "the data are unambiguous and there is no missile (that allegedly downed the jet) there." "If there had been a missile, then it could have been launched from other territory. In this case, I do not say which territory - this is a matter of experts," he said.

"This is not a hypothesis but unambiguous data based on primary radar data," Peskov stressed. "This is a thing that cannot be argued and must not be discussed."

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the MH17 crash is due to release its findings in Nieuwegein on Wednesday. The report will be first presented to the relatives and friends of the victims and shortly after a news conference will be held.

A Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines (Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur) was lost in the sky over eastern Donetsk Region on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers and 15 crew - citizens of 10 countries - died in the disaster. Two-thirds of those on board were Dutch subjects. For this reason the Netherlands assumed the responsibility to investigate the crash.

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