Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed a world investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over east Ukraine in 2014 as deeply flawed, after investigators concluded Russia’s army offered the missile used within the assault that killed all 298 folks aboard.
Requested concerning the Joint Investigative Staff (JIT) report throughout a press briefing with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg, Putin stated that, whereas he had been too busy to learn the report, “I can say instantly, even not realizing what’s in it.”
“From the very starting, we supplied to work collectively on the investigation into the tragedy. To our shock, they did not enable us to take part,” stated the Russian chief.
Putin complained that, whereas Russia had been excluded from the investigation, neighboring Ukraine was invited to participate.
“The Ukrainian aspect is there, although Ukraine violated worldwide legislation and failed to shut its airspace over territory the place a army battle was occurring.”
Putin’s feedback observe a report by prosecutors from six nations that recognized a Russian army unit — the 53rd Anti-Plane Brigade within the Russian metropolis of Kursk — because the supply of the “Buk” missile that introduced down the passenger aircraft.
It additionally comes amid mounting worldwide stress for Russia to acknowledge the veracity of the JIT findings.
The Netherlands, which misplaced 193 residents within the assault, knowledgeable Moscow on Friday that it held the Russian state legally accountable and would pursue compensation. Dutch authorities say Australia would pursue comparable authorized motion.
America, European Union, United Kingdom and NATO have additionally known as on Russia to just accept accountability and totally cooperate with all efforts to ascertain accountability.
Malaysian Airliner MH17 was shot down over territory managed by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine in July, 2014 en path to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. On the time, intense combating raged between the Ukrainian military and the Moscow-backed separatists.
Russia has all the time denied any involvement within the tragedy and offered a variety of theories — since debunked — arguing Ukraine was behind the assault.
On Friday, Russia’s protection ministry once more issued a denial, saying “not a single anti-aircraft missile system” from the Russian Federation had ever crossed the border into Ukraine, regardless of photographic proof introduced by the JIT investigation on the contrary.
Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov additionally dismissed Russian culpability, saying the case resembled accusations towards Moscow following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal within the UK.
“It appears very similar to the Skripal affair once they stated it was extremely possible executed by Russians,” stated Lavrov. The overseas minister then accused western powers of utilizing the tragedy to pursue political targets.
In the meantime, the speaker of Russia’s decrease home of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin prompt Russia was already making ready for extra sanctions.
Whereas the JIT report locations blame squarely on Russia for offering the missile, investigators say they’ve but to find out people behind the assault.