Westerbeke told Novaya Gazeta in an interview, Censor.NET reports.
Answering a question by Novaya Gazeta reporter on what Russia could hope for "in exchange" for full cooperation with JIT, the prosecutor said he did not understand the question.
He cited a U.N. resolution 2166, signed by Russia, which reads that all countries in the conflict area should assist the international investigation. Full cooperation is the only way for the investigation into the Boeing crash, and the truth in the case is not negotiable. This approach does not work in the Netherlands, Westerbeke said.
If the Russian side has a person who knows what happened to MH17 (GRU Major General Sergey Dubinsky, call sign Khmury, who might have this information), the only option Westerbeke says could be offered is questioning Khmury and other people who know anything about the tragedy. Nothing could be offered in exchange, he said, including sanctions relief.
Some in Russia might find it hard to believe, but the prosecutor's investigation in the Netherlands in independent, Westerbeke said. Politicians and officials do not mess with investigations, and prosecutors do not mess with politicians and officials, Westerbeke summed up.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. 298 people died in the crash. The passengers were citizens of 10 countries. The majority of victims (196) were Dutch nationals. On July 21, 2014, the Russian MoD presented a series of fabricated and misleading information about the flight path of MH17, radar data, etc.
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