In the light of recent media inquiries and requests from New Zealand citizens to express the position of
the Russian Federation
on the tragedy with the Malaysian Boeing
we would like to state the following.
First of all we express our profound condolences and would like to pass
our words of sympathy and support to all affected by the air disaster over Ukraine’s
territory, in which a Malaysian Airlines plane went down with all on board
As for Russian stance on the issue, it was clearly outlined by the
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin who from the beginning
demanded a comprehensive and objective international investigation into the
circumstances and causes of the disaster. The Russian side was the first to do
this. On 17 July it was the Russian leader who in a telephone conversation with
President of the United States Barack Obama informed the latter of the report
received from air traffic controllers about the crash of a Malaysian airplane
over the Ukrainian territory.
We insist on conducting an investigation as open and independent as
is ready to make its contribution, but, naturally, we think that the initiative
should be taken up by the government of the country where this tragedy took
As for the allegations from Kiev that practically say Russia itself did
this, in recent months we have not heard any truthful statements from the Kiev
authorities. They say whatever they want. As an example, Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has pledged many
times that the Ukrainian army will not do anything to pose a threat to peaceful
civilians and that it will not shell cities. But you have seen with your own
eyes what’s happening to the populated localities, cities and civilians in
There are lots of other examples. The Kiev authorities are pouring a torrent of
lies on the global community and its own people. They are blaming all and
sundry except themselves. We hope the Malaysian Boeing crash will finally throw
cold water on those who have staked on war, who is giving up commitments to
pursue a political process and is refusing to hear the calls coming from Europe,
hoping for the support from Washington.
Russia calls it like it is -
we do not feel that the United States
is willing to send any signals to Kiev
persuading it to search for a solution through negotiations.
The plane incident should make them stop and think. East
Ukraine militia expressed their willingness for a truce during the
plane crash investigation. It is essential for international experts to visit
the crash site as soon as possible, and, among other things, collect the
plane's black box recording devices. Russia,
irrespective of what the Kiev
authorities are saying, has no plans to take them, is not going to break the
global community rules for such incidents. It is in the competence of ICAO and
countries that are directly involved in the tragedy to decode the flight
recorders. We welcome President Poroshenko’s decision
to set up an international commission. The commission should be formed in order
to assuage all doubts that intentions to carry out a full-fledged investigation
are indeed genuine and sincere.
At the same time some of the statements by Pyotr Poroshenko and a number of other heads of states
are of a deep concern and cause a lot of raised eyebrows. Just after
a few hours after the plane went down, without any investigation, accusation of Russia’s involvement were
already put forward. We regard this to be politically
motivated and to put and unacceptable pressure on the investigation commission.
We would like to emphasize one more time that Russia is devoted to hold an
independent, objective and transparent investigation. We would also welcome an
OSCE initiative and the solution in this case.
We hope that this view is shared by many New Zealanders.