SAINT PETERSBURG • Russian President Vladimir Putin said the rocket that shot down Malaysia Airlines' MH17 flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 was "of course" not a Russian and designed the Dutch and Australian rulings, blaming Moscow for the tragedy close.
At a business forum in St. Petersburg on Friday, when the rocket was Russian, Putin said: "Of course not."
The Russian leader added that there is "nothing that creates trust in the international investigation". "There are different versions of this tragedy, but nobody takes them into account," Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The Netherlands and Australia took the first step on Friday to bring Russia to justice for shooting down the flight, accusing Moscow of being responsible for the disaster.
The move gained rapid support from international allies one day after investigators found that the Russian BUK missile tore the Boeing 777 passenger plane in the air. July 1
"There is only one conclusion from yesterday's presentation, namely that Russia is responsible for using this BUK system," said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to reporters
All 298 people on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when the rocket crashed into the plane as it flew over territory
The catastrophe triggered Western sanctions against Russia for its support of the separatists.The recent Russian accusations of guilt lead to tensions after the nervous poisoning of a former Russian spy in England.
The March accused attack, which also blamed the Kremlin, resulted in evictions of dozens of diplomats from Russian embassies in Europe and other Western capitals
The Dutch government said in a statement that they were with Moscow in Moscow "formally responsible" for the T could now submit the complex dossier to an international judge or organization
Russia has repeatedly denied any responsibility for the disaster. Moscow has developed numerous theories to distract the guilt, and pointed a finger at Kiev.
Russia has "no reason to fully trust the Dutch-led MH17 investigation" because it has been denied full access to its work, Putin said Friday.
Russia's Ministry of Defense on Friday denied the delivery of a Buk missile that took down MH17. The country analyzes videos submitted by Dutch investigators, the ministry said by e-mail.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok discussed the results of the investigation by telephone, but Lavrov did not hear any facts confirming Russia's responsibility The State Department in Moscow said:
Russia has responded to all requests from Dutch prosecutors Legal aid responded, Lavrov said, adding that Russia is ready to cooperate with the Netherlands if the investigation is transparent and fair.
Last In July, the five countries involved in the investigation – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – selected the Netherlands as the country where suspects are prosecuted. So far, no suspect has been identified.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESS, BLOOMBERG