MEPs urge Russia to follow Iran's lead, recognize guilt in downing MH17

Source : 112 Ukraine

The evidence in both cases are identical but Russia refuses to plead guilty
08:48, 15 January 2020

Members of the European Parliament discussed the topic of Iran during the Tuesday debates in Strasbourg. Some of the lawmakers called on Russia to follow the suite of Iran, taking the responsibility for the attack on Malaysian Boeing 777 downed over Donbas in summer 2014. 

German MEP Michael Haller tod this to Radio Liberty, claiming that there's a unique situation taking place now, when "Iran is ahead of Russia in terms of recognizing the responsibility". "Russia has to assume the responsibility in the attack on MH17, but it hasn't done it yet. The evidence is identical [to that in Iran], but Russia refuses to recognize its guilt", Haller said.

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The outlet added that previously, MEPs did not dare to make public and official statements on this matter. Only after Iran took the responsibility upon itself, the situation changed. Now the European lawmakers openly blame Russia and compare Tehran and Moscow's reactions to the cases with the downed aircraft.

Recently, the Ukrainian Parliament placed the entire responsibility for the PS752 tragedy on Iran. 368 Ukrainian MPs voted for the respective decision, with 226 necessary to pass. The plenary day took place on January 14.

The Parliament demands that Iran conduct a transparent investigation, urging foreign governments to develop regulations that would help prevent such tragedies in the future.

Related: PS752 investigation: Video appears on Web showing Ukraine's aircraft downed with two missiles

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