Russia claims MH17 crash investigation has stalled due to failure to release details
Published on Aug 25, 2014 8:08 PM
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia complained on Monday of a failure to release details of the investigation into the Malaysian jet that crashed in Ukraine in July, accusing international investigators of lack of transparency.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov queried why the recordings from the plane's black boxes had not been released publicly and said he had the impression that "everyone else has lost interest in the investigation". "No one has told us anything coherent about the reasons why the recordings of the black boxes cannot be released fully," Mr Lavrov said at a televised briefing in Moscow.
He also queried why Ukraine had not yet provided recordings of conversations between air traffic controllers in the nearby airport of Dnepropetrovsk. He said that Russia had contacted the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the United Nations' aviation agency, which has set up a task force to draw up recommendations over the crash, but that "so far there is nothing transparent to be seen there either".
Mr Lavrov suggested that the probe had failed to find evidence of Russia's involvement in downing the plane in July as it flew over rebel-controlled territory of eastern Ukraine. He said that those who had initially made "accusations verging on hysteria against Russia and the rebels" had now fallen silent and "seemed to have swallowed their tongues".
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