How attitude towards investigation of MH17 crash changes over time

24.03.18 05:05
How attitude towards investigation of MH17 crash changes over time

The head of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Julia Bishop, said that it is premature to talk about the conclusions of the investigation into the catastrophe of the Malaysian Boeing MH17, shot down in the Donbass sky in 2014. So she commented on the statement of her New Zealand colleague Winston Peters, who doubted that Russia was responsible for the tragedy. International investigators claim that the aircraft was shot down by the Buk SAM from an area under the control of the DPR. The data of the Russian radar station indicate that the launch was made from the territory where the air defense assets of Ukraine were located. According to experts, the West began to understand that the case is run unprofessionally and is intentionally delayed. Why did politicians strart to talk about Russia's non-involvement in the catastrophe?

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julia Bishop, stated that for the time being it is not necessary to talk about any conclusions on the investigation by the international Joint Investigative Group (JIG) of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing MH17 over Donbass on July 17, 2014. Of the 298 dead, 38 were citizens of Australia.

"The investigation continues, and when it is completed, its results will be passed on to the prosecutors for legal action, which Australia also strongly supports," the Australian Foreign Minister stressed. "It's impossible to form an opinion on the evidence, because they have not been announced yet."

Earlier, Bishop made much more confident statements about this. So, in October 2016, she argued that it was necessary to find the perpetrators of the destruction of the aircraft "in the Russian military command."

"Recently, Australia's policy has changed, has become less confrontational with respect to Russia," said Mikhail Alexandrov, an expert at the Center for Military and Political Studies of MGIMO.

The political scientist associates this change with the losses from the anti-Russian sanctions and the resignation in 2015 from the post of prime minister of Tony Abbott, who was pushing anti-Russian statements.

A new statement from Bishop was voiced after her New Zealand colleague Winston Peters told the local newspaper Newshub that there was no evidence of Russia's involvement in the destruction of a civilian aircraft.

"You say that the man who launched the missile did so at the direction of Russia. The big problem is that your argument from the legal point of view is immediately sagging, as you have no proof of this," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand.

Speaking about the proposal to resume negotiations on the establishment of a free trade zone with Russia suspended in 2014, Peters stressed that his country cannot waste time waiting for the outcome of the investigation.

"If it turns out that these imputations do not have actual confirmations, then we'll just waste time, and this does not meet the interests of our country," the minister said.

"There really is not any evidence," notes Alexandrov. "And the involvement of Donbas militiamen is also not proven. Much indicates that this was the Kiev regime that shot down the plane. Both New Zealanders and Australians understand this. But New Zealanders are more free in their statements, and Australians are still connected with the US military treaty ANZUS (New Zealand and the United States broke the agreement on military cooperation back in 1987), so they are more cautious."

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