MH17 crash: Russia blames Ukraine for falsifying evidence in MH17 case

19:00 Sep. 28, 2016

Russia blames Ukraine for falsifying evidence in MH17 case

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak each other at a CIS, September 17, 2016 (AP Photo)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia accuses investigators of conducting a biased and politically motivated probe on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash

Russia's MFA says it is not satisfied with the results of Joint Investigation Team's work.

"Self-willingly apportioning blame and fabricating the desired result have become a new norm for our Western colleagues", - said MFA Press Secretary Maria Zakharova.

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Kremlin complains that Russia was suspended from meaningful involvement in the investigation process. Meanwhile, Ukraine was among the countries whose representatives were included in the international commission. This, as Zakharova states, gave Ukraine possibility to falsify evidence and turn the tables.

Watch more MH17 investigation report: full version (video)

Russia also accuses the international investigation team of ignoring Russian irrefutable pieces of evidence. The claim of MFA is supported by concern Almaz-Antey, Buk systems manufacturer. Its management insists that the exact Buk, used for downing the liner, at the moment of a crash was near Zaroshchenskoye, on territory controlled by the Ukrainian army.

Listen more Investigators call for witnesses on two MH17 crash suspects (audio)

On September 28, 2016, Joint Investigation team announced the result of their work. The report states that the missile that hit the plane was fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed militants. They said the missile launcher was brought into Ukraine from Russia and returned back after downing the plane. The prosecutors claim they would investigate about 100 people over the incident, but didn't give any names yet.

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