Date
20 November 2017
Flowers are offered in remembrance of the victims of the MH17 plane crash at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam. Photo: AFP
Flowers are offered in remembrance of the victims of the MH17 plane crash at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam. Photo: AFP

Russia to cooperate with Netherlands-led MH17 probe

Russia pledged to cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner last week, saying it was satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the probe, Reuters reported, citing remarks by the country’s ambassador to Malaysia.

Liudmila Vorobyeva also dismissed suggestions that pro-Russian separatists blamed by Western governments for shooting down Flight MH17 possessed a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile, and said the rebels lacked the training to use such a system, the report said.

Nearly 300 people, 193 of them Dutch citizens, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17.

Under rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, an air investigation is led by the state in whose territory the plane crashed, but Russia had opposed Ukraine taking charge of the probe, noting that the rebels who control the crash site did not trust the authorities in Kiev.

Russian experts were already participating in the investigation, Vorobyeva told Reuters, although she did not say what role they were playing.

“As soon as experts from ICAO and international experts have a part, we think it could lead to authentic results and the truth will come out,” she said.

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