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MH17 crash investigators refuse to disclose any details on cooperation with Russia

August 25, 2015, 20:27 UTC+3 THE HAGUE
"In the course of the investigation, the Dutch Safety Board makes no comment on the process," the Dutch Safety Board spokeswoman Sara Vernooij told TASS
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At the crash site

At the crash site

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THE HAGUE, August 25. /TASS/. The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading an international inquiry into last year’s downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has refused to reveal any details of its cooperation with Russia.

"In the course of the investigation, the Dutch Safety Board makes no comment on the process," DSB spokeswoman Sara Vernooij told TASS.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Dutch investigators had failed to answer Russia’s questions on the Buk missile debris allegedly found at the Boeing 777's crash site in eastern Ukraine.

"We asked them questions, in particular, why the report on the Buk missile parts which they found several months ago comes only now, and asked them to show, and they did not. We asked where they had found them - and they did not tell us either," Lavrov said.

"We strive to carry out a fair investigation into the tragedy and all the key facts were concealed and are being concealed," he added.

Russia is part of the investigating team that also includes experts from Australia, Britain, Germany, Malaysia, the United States and Ukraine, as well as the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The Netherlands is leading two international investigations into the disaster: an air safety accident resort led by the Dutch Safety Board, which will examine the technical causes of the crash, and a criminal investigation examining who was responsible.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on July 17, some 60 kilometers (around 37 miles) from the Russian border in the zone of combat operations between militia and the Ukrainian army. All 298 passengers and crew on board perished, the Netherlands reporting nearly 200 victims, the highest death toll in the disaster.

In early September, the Dutch Safety Board said in its preliminary report that the MH17 flight broke up in the air probably as a result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside. A surface-to-air missile that allegedly hit the plane is considered the biggest factor behind the crash.

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