Question: Who downed the Malaysian Boeing? What do you know about this?
Sergey Lavrov: I’d be grateful for information that could throw light on this tragedy. We are very concerned over the conduct of the investigation. It will soon be a year since the tragedy, and quite recently there was a report that Malaysian experts were finally allowed to visit the crash site. They brought out another two tonnes of fragments and remains with the assistance of representatives of the DPR security service. Why couldn’t this have been done immediately? Why were there so many incomprehensible delays? Why was it shrouded in a veil of secrecy? The investigation was conducted contrary to the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and UN Security Council resolutions that required monthly progress reports. The Security Council is not receiving any reports at all. We are the only ones that are making a fuss about this.
The Dutch have published recently some interim information, asking to call back all those who can confirm the presence of a Buk missile in the vicinity of the crash site. Why aren't they showing other videos, and why aren't they asking to confirm this episode, or another, such as the one that involved a man who worked on the airfield and saw a fighter leaving with two missiles and returning with one? The eyewitness mentioned the pilot’s name. Why is nobody responding to our numerous questions about the promised data on the conversations of air traffic controllers?
Question: They were published in full by the Dutch press.
Sergey Lavrov: By the Dutch press? The conversations of Ukrainian air traffic controllers? If they were published in the Dutch press, why are our media keeping silent? I haven’t heard this. Please send me the relevant materials. (Note by the Foreign Ministry: a full transcript of the conversation between air traffic controllers has not been published).
The data promised by the US from satellites and AWACS aircraft that operated in the area in question on that day have never been published anywhere either.
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