MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) - The circumstances of Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine need to be thoroughly investigated, but recently the issue has been little spoken about and Russia has more and more questions about the investigation, including why the data recovered from black box recorders has not been disclosed, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television.
“The Boeing 777 catastrophe raises more and more questions. But few have been speaking about it recently. In the meantime, the Defense Ministry tries to shake our colleagues in the United States, Ukraine, European countries regarding this issue. The problem should not be abandoned. We should find out what happened in the sky over Ukraine. And most importantly, what should be done to avoid such tragedies in future,” Antonov said.
He also wondered why the data recovered form black box recorders has not been presented yet.
Earlier this week, the Dutch government spokesperson said it was still unclear when the Dutch Safety Board concludes the investigation.
Moscow has already said that it wants full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution which calls for a thorough and impartial investigation into the MH17 tragedy and requires the secretary-general to provide the Security Council with investigation progress reports.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board, including 283 passengers and 15 crew members, died in the crash.
The reason of the crash is a matter of debate, as Ukrainian authorities claim the independence supporters of the eastern regions shot down the plane, but the latter say they do not possess the means to hit a target flying that high. The investigation of the circumstances of the crash is hindered by the fights between the warring sides.
The United States and a number of European leaders supported Kiev’s claim, while the Russian Defense Ministry pointed out that a Ukrainian fighter jet was detected near the Malaysian aircraft shortly before it crashed.
Earlier in August, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that a preliminary report on the black box findings from the MH17 crash is expected to be handed over to the United Nations in September.