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Russian envoy casts doubts on MH17 probe
Published on: Sunday, December 21, 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Outgoing Russian Ambassador Luidmila G. Vorobyeva has cast doubts on the investigation in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, claiming that the way it was being conducted has raised more questions than answers.According to the ambassador, the full report of the crash would only be out in 2016, alluding that it was too long a period and that it could lead to manipulation.

Her Excellency Lyudmila G. Vorobyeya, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Malaysia, was speaking to the press after the 100th year commemoration of the Battle of Penang at Western Road Cemetery.

Citing a white book on violations of human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine, Vorobyeva said the "evidently soft-pedalled" investigation was in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2166 and the rules of the International Civil Avia–tion Organisation (CIAO).

"Why take so long? In one a half years, we have plenty of time do anything, but I don't want to blame (anyone) because the investigation is still ongoing," she said.

She said one of the methods to determine the cause of the crash was to reconstruct the aircraft, which the investigation team had not been able to do.

"It is sort of puzzling because one of the first things you want to know about what happened during the air crash is to reconstruct the aircraft by using the debris," she said.

Vorobyeva said that Russia, with the help of Israel, had managed to reconstruct an airplane that crashed into the Black Sea in 2001, in a matter of days.

In 2001, the Ukrainian airforce downed a Russian commercial airplane by mistake during a military exercise.

"Although the aircraft fell into the Black Sea when it was flying from Israel to Russia, the investigation team managed to do the reconstruction in a few days. Here, the wreckage is on the land," she said.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the conflict-riddled eastern Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.



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