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Russia: Lavrov invites Malaysia to study Moscow’s MH17 crash data

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Russia has invited Malaysian experts to study Moscow’s information on the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Thursday.

Lavrov also commented on recently-emerged telephone recordings released by the Dutch-led international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the crash.

The recordings allegedly appear to show that officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) asked for Russian army to provide them with military support, just six days before the missile strike which downed MH17 in July 2014.

“It required five years to build these records. But no effort is needed to present to the world the long-requested facts that already exist,” Lavrov said.

He also accused the US of not releasing satellite data on the crash.

“The data that the United States promised to give was data from its satellites. None of the evidence has been presented, although it would be easy to do so,” said Lavrov.

Malaysia’s Abdullah on his turn said that Kuala Lumpur would continue to try hard for “independent evidence” of the crash to be made public.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was downed in the skies over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed.

In May 24, 2018 the JIT claimed that a missile launcher used to down the plane came from Russia’s armed forces.

Russia denies all the allegations, saying no proof has been provided.

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