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Belgium: Moscow ’remains open-minded’ - Russia's EU Ambassador on MH17 report

1 19.06.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to European Union: “One can only wonder why afterwards the Joint Investigation Team chose to conduct the main investigations without the necessary representation of Malaysia, why Russia’s offers to provide investigators and to provide whatever evidence we were able to locate were ignored. On the other hand, for reasons that are difficult to explain, Ukraine became a full-fledged member of the Joint Investigation Team. So it started on a bad footing, I would say, five years ago, I would say, and continued along that route until now.”
SOT, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to European Union: “Russia has confirmed that it remains open-minded to cooperating with the investigation, provided, of course, that what we offer to the investigation is duly taken consideration of.”
SOT, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to European Union: “Russian evidence that was provided proved that the particular model of that Buk missile belonged to a generation that had been long out of service in the Russian armed forces, but was still kept by the Ukrainian armed forces. This is clear evidence, which is corroborated by many technical details including the different forms of these little pieces, you could call them shrapnel pieces - if that’s correct, I’m not a specialist in that area – which actually hit the airliner .”
SOT, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to European Union: “Well, there were delays, yes, because of the unwillingness of all the countries members of that Joint Investigation Team – with the exception of Malaysia that I’ve already referred to – to coming to contact with the proper authorities in charge of that territory, which is the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
SOT, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to European Union: “Russia indeed said that it would abide by the ruling, provided Russia is a part of that investigation, which unfortunately is not the case, so that doesn’t make Russia responsible for accepting or rejecting any outcome that might be produced by the investigative team, that doesn’t include Russia itself.”
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Russian Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov spoke to RT from Brussels on Wednesday, to comment on the new findings of the Joint Investigation Team's MH17 investigation.
“It started on a bad footing five years ago, I would say, and continued along that route until now.” Chizhov said about the investigation process.
He also explained that Russia “remains open-minded to cooperation with the investigation” and provided evidences proving “that the particular model of that Buk missile belonged to a generation that had been long out of service in the Russian armed forces.”
Chizhov also mentioned that as long as Russia is not involved in the investigation of the MH17 crash, “it is not responsible for accepting or rejecting any outcome.”
Prosecutors in Nieuwegein announced on Wednesday, that they were charging three Russians and a Ukrainian national with murder for their alleged role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
The charges stem from a Dutch-led international investigation which has concluded that the plane was shot down by a Russian-made missile, reportedly on the basis of communications intercepts provided by Ukrainian intelligence services.
Russia has denied all accusations that it was involved in the crash, which resulted in the deaths of all 298 people on board, and has stated that while the Buk missile used to down the Boeing 777 was manufactured in Moscow in 1986, it was subsequently delivered to the Ukrainian Army and never returned.
In a written statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA) dismissed the JIT's charges on alleged involvement of Russian servicemen in the MH17 crash and said the investigation was based on ‘unfounded accusations and not facts’.
”Moscow regrets JIT statements on alleged involvement of Russian servicemen in the MH17 crash”, but ”will help the probe on the MH17 crash, so that the truth could be found out and real culprits would be punished,” reads the statement.
The three Russian military officers accused with involvement were named as Oleg Pulatov, Igor Girkin, and Sergey Dubinskiy, with the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko also being named, and international arrest warrants have been issued for all four men.
The Defence Ministry of the Donetsk People's Republic has denied the allegations that it was involved in the MH17 crash.
A prospective trial date of March 2020 was set by investigators.
Russia does not form part of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is made up of police and criminal justice authorities from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.