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 "Apologize for what?" – Russia’s Lavrov refuses to offer apology for downed Boeing

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov refused to tender apology for Flight MH17 downing after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) published its interim findings proving Buk missile system employed against passenger jet arrived to the Donbas from Russia and then was taken back.

Censor.NET reports citing BBC.

"What must I apologize for?" Sergei Lavrov asked in response to the proposal of BBC presenter Stephen Sakur to offer apology in connection with the information made public by JIT.

According to the minister, Russia waits for the final findings of the investigation since it has not been finished yet. "The report mentioned a hundred persons involved. However, they are still not on the radar as suspects," he added.

Lavrov claimed that Russia unveiled and submitted a huge amount of the crash-related information to the JIT, but received no response to it. Moreover, according to the minister, the data submitted by Ukraine and the United States taken into account by the investigators has not been made public.

Watch more: Russia has been faking its media reports on MH17, - journalist. VIDEO+PHOTOS

As reported earlier, findings of JIT investigating the MH17 Boeing downing above separatist-controlled areas on July 17, 2014, were presented to the public Sept. 28.

The JIT said the plane was shot down with a Buk missile from a separatist-controlled area. The missile launcher arrived there from Russia, investigators say. They have identified about 100 people involved in the transportation and shooting.

Read more: "Since there are no private Buks, the Russian Federation has responsibility in MH17," - MEP Harms on JIT report

Censor.NET has been reporting about the investigation of the crash investigation progress and published exclusive photos of the hangar and the submunitions of Russian missile Buk-M1-2, featured in the criminal investigation. Prosecutor's Offices of the Netherlands and Australia have prepared convincing evidence. It was established that submunitions that hit the Boeing exactly match those from the warhead of the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile Buk-M1-2. The system was developed in 1997, put into service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 1998, and was never delivered to Ukraine. In addition, independent experts from Germany, England and Poland studied the fragments of the debris and concluded they were part of a Russian Buk missile. Modern chemical analysis has identified the composition of the metal and found parts of the glass and skin of the same downed Boeing that had been cut by these elements prior to hitting the people.

Read more: Hundred potential suspects in MH17 downing identified by international investigators, - Westerbeke

In November 2015, President Poroshenko visited the Netherlands and said that Ukraine was employing its membership in the UN Security Council for investigation of the MH17 tragedy.

In May 2016, Australian law firm LHD filed a lawsuit against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin to the European Court for Human Rights on behalf of relatives of those killed in the Malaysian Boeing MH17. The lawsuit names Putin as accused defendant and demands $10 million for each killed passenger.

On July 17, 2016 President Poroshenko said that Russia was the only country inhibiting the investigation into the MH-17 crash.

"Russia, abusing the right of veto, blocked the decision of the UN Security Council to establish the International Tribunal to investigate the downing of MH17, which is an indirect and logical proof of its involvement in the crime. In spite of this, we and our partners are working and doing everything necessary to ensure accountability of all those behind this tragedy," the head of state remarked.
 
 
 
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