In attempt to deflect blame, Russian authorities pointed its fingers to the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) by rubbishing DBSâ€™ investigation over Malaysian Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 tragedy.
Russian ambassador to Malaysia Valery N. Yermolov said the investigation which concluded that the ill-fated aircraft was shot down by a Russian-made Buk missile, raised many questions which were left unanswered.
He also denied Russiaâ€™s participation in the murder of 298 people on board of the Boeing 777 aircraft, saying that the missile in question although may have been made by Russia, was decommissioned since 2011.
â€œThe Buk missiles which were mentioned in the report were developed in 1986, during war with the Soviet Union army after the Independence declaration. It had the warranty period of 25 years,â€ said Yermolov at a press conference in the Russian Federationâ€™s embassy here today.
â€œIn 2011, these missiles were decommissioned by the Russian authorities, but we know that until now, the Ukrainian (army) owns 520 missiles.â€
DSB experts had earlier revealed that the missile which shot down MH17 while it was travelling over Eastern Ukraine was of the 9N314M type.
Yermolov said similar Buk missiles were owned not only by Russia, but also by other former Soviet Union countries and those under the NATO alliance such as Greece.
â€œThis means that the Buk missiles may not only be owned by Russia, but by former Soviet Union.â€
He added that the missiles which are currently owned by Russia, do not have butterflies shaped shrapnel found on the Boeing 777â€™s fuselage.
â€œThe missiles we now own contain parallel-piped shaped shrapnel but the ones found on the fuselage is a type of missile that is widely used by other separatists.â€
He complained on the investigationâ€™s lack of transparency, claiming that Russian experts were in every step, denied access and participation over the materials obtained by the Dutch-led board.
â€œFrom our understanding, the report compiled by experts from Almaz-Antey, the main developer of Buk missile launchers, was also ignored.â€-The Rakyat Post