MOSCOW, Nov. 19 Russian Ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin addressed attention to the similarity of the situation with the MH17 court verdict and the Western reaction to the recent missile drop in Poland: Russia is always blamed for everything.
“The situation now looks similar to what we are seeing in connection with this provocation with a missile that fell on territory of Poland. Ukrainians, by definition, are beyond all suspicion, the Dutch have no desire to judge or judge… Anyway, Russia is to blame for everything. We are always blamed for everything,” the diplomat said.
On the evening of November 15, rockets fell on the territory of Poland near the border with Ukraine, killing two people. Initially, Warsaw stated that the missiles were Russian-made and that the country was convening a NATO Council. However, Polish President Andrzej Duda later called it highly likely that the missiles belonged to Ukraine. Polish Ambassador to the EU Andrzej Sados argued that all EU countries blame Russia for the missile incident in Poland. The United States also blamed Moscow – White House National Security Council spokesman Adrienne Watson said that no matter what the results of the investigation into this matter, “Russia is ultimately responsible for this tragic incident.” At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that no strikes were made on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish border that day, and the published photos of some debris had nothing to do with Russian weapons. The Russian Defense Ministry noted that photographs from the scene of the incident published in Poland clearly show that fragments of a missile of the Ukrainian S-300 air defense system fell there.
According to the ambassador, Russia has always had questions for the joint investigation team (SSG) on MH17.
“This group worked mainly to the tune of the Ukrainians. The Ukrainians fueled the group only with those materials that were beneficial to them, provided falsified telephone conversations, secret anonymous witnesses were pulled out. All this was done in order to divert any suspicions from Kyiv, as well as remove responsibility for non-closure of airspace by the Kyiv regime for civilian ships over the zone of armed conflict,” Solovyov Live said on air.
“The course of the investigation was extremely one-sided, biased, tendentious. version,” added Shulgin.
On Thursday, a court found Russians Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko guilty of shooting down flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and killing 298 of its passengers, and sentenced them in absentia to life imprisonment. At the same time, the District Court of The Hague found the fourth accused Russian, Oleg Pulatov, not guilty and rejected the prosecutor's office's demand to place him in prison. Pulatov was released from liability for claims for compensation. The rest, as decided by the Dutch court, will have to pay the families of the victims a total of 16 million euros. The court did not directly link the use of the Buk air defense system against flight MH17 during the sentencing process to Russia, although it expressed the opinion that Russia had control over the DPR at that time.
The first deputy head of the international committee of the Federation Council, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said that the decision of the Hague court on MH17 was expected, legally insignificant for the Russian Federation, and Oleg Morozov, a member of the State Duma from United Russia, expressed the opinion that the court is biased and all this is an “information provocation”. In turn, the head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, said that it was impossible to agree with this politicized decision. He noted that Russian specialists were not allowed to work with the joint investigation team, and the prosecution did not provide any weighty evidence.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the court in the Netherlands selectively accepted materials on the MH17 case and neglected the principles of impartial justice, the course and results of the proceedings show that it was based on a political order to support the version of Russian involvement.
The trial for the downing of flight MH17 began in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020. Prosecutors demanded that all four defendants be sentenced to life imprisonment. A Malaysian Boeing flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on flight MH17 crashed on July 17, 2014 near Donetsk. There were 298 people on board, all of them died. Kyiv immediately blamed the militias for the plane crash, but they said that they did not have the means to bring down the plane at such a height. Ukraine refused to provide data from its radars, and the United States did not provide the investigation with satellite images, which, as they claim, show the moment of the rocket launch.
As Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Nikolai Vinnichenko stated, the Russian side handed over to the Netherlands not only data from Russian radars, but also documentation showing that the Buk air defense missile that hit the Boeing belonged to Ukraine, and it was launched from territory controlled by Kyiv, but investigators ignored.
At the same time, on the first day of the court hearing, the prosecution admitted that it had received and was studying the data of the Russian prosecutor's office. The investigation was conducted by a joint investigation team (JIT) under the leadership of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Netherlands without the participation of Russia. The investigation claims that the Boeing was shot down from the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, which belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the RF Armed Forces from Kursk, from the territory controlled by the militia.
The line of state prosecution was based on the testimony of exclusively anonymous witnesses. The defense of the Russian accused in the case, Pulatov, stated that this made it difficult to assess the reliability of their testimony, but the Dutch prosecutor's office insisted that anonymity was necessary for security reasons. and cause regret, and the investigation is biased and one-sided. According to the head of the department, Sergei Lavrov, it is full of double standards.