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NATO PA urges Russia to take responsibility for MH17 crash

Parliamentary Assembly expressed support for the investigation of the MH17 crash
08:35, 18 November 2018
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NATO Parliamentary Assembly urged Russia to assume responsibility for the crash of the MH17, Ukrinform reports.  

‘Parliamentary Assembly confirms its firm support for the investigation of the MH17 crash in Ukraine, which is partially undertaken by the Netherlands authority; and calls the Kremlin to fulfill the resolution of the United Nations Security Council 2166, to take responsibility and to join the efforts to establish justice,’ reads the draft resolution of NATO Parliamentary Assembly. 

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The assembly also condemns Russia’s interference in recent elections and referendums in the Euro-Atlantic area, expresses deep concern about such threats that face future elections, and the Kremlin’s support for marginal political movements in the West. 

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the missile that downed MH17 Boeing in Donbas in 2014 belonged to Ukraine. The Russian authority claimed that the missile was made at Dolgoprudnensky factory in 1986 and sent to Ukraine's military unit; it allegedly was kept there until the tragedy happened. The ministry also claimed that it has access to the audio records made by the Ukrainian military; the tapes allegedly confirm that Ukraine is involved in the crash. 

Earlier, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker assigned responsibility for the MH17 tragedy in Donbas to Russia.  

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'Russia is responsible for that as it intervened and occupied this part of Ukraine,' Volker noted. 

He said that the air defense system which shot down the plane came from the Russian regular military unit. It was delivered from Russia to Ukraine, used to fire a missile, which shot down a civil plane from the Ukrainian territory and then this system was returned to Russian military unit. 

'And the question on who exactly pushed the button, a Russian or Ukrainian, a Ukrainian from Donbas or an officer of Russia’s Armed Forces, is actually less important than the fact that this Russian military equipment was transported to another sovereign state under Russia’s control, used to launch a missile which killed all these civilians and then taken from Ukraine,' Volker said. 

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Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17, was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of other nine countries as well. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) brought down in Eastern Ukraine on July 2014 by Buk missile launcher, brought from Kursk, Russia, stated in Bellingcat's report, British NGO of investigative journalists. 

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