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New Data on MH17 Crash Questionable: Russian Civil Aviation Union

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New information on the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, expected to be released by Malaysian experts on September 9, should not be trusted, Vice President of the Russian Civil Aviation Union Alfred Malinovsky told International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya on Monday.

MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – New information on the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, expected to be released by Malaysian experts on September 9, should not be trusted, Vice President of the Russian Civil Aviation Union Alfred Malinovsky told International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya on Monday.

“Some versions [of what happened] could be voiced, as well as preliminary conclusions. It is hard to say whether or not they should be trusted but my personal opinion is that they should not. First of all, because it is hard to believe that those who possess the information are absolutely objective and unmotivated. Obviously, they have motives. They are being pressured by the United States, the European Union, and so on. But at least the information could give experts an opportunity to discuss the issue,” Malinovsky said.

Malaysian Minister of Defense, Hishamuddin Hussein, and a group of 30 Malaysian experts arrived in Kiev Sunday night to carry out further investigation of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine.

On Monday, the press service of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to Ukraine announced that Hussein was expected to meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

At the beginning of August, Kiev and Kuala Lumpur signed an agreement allowing up to 90 non-military Malaysian experts to investigate the crash of the MH17 aircraft. However, the work of the experts was interrupted due to safety concerns, and on August 12, they returned to Malaysia.

Flight MH17, which was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17 in the Donetsk region, killing all 298 people on board.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. The Ukrainian government claims that independence supporters in the country’s eastern regions shot the plane down, but it has not provided any evidence to support the claims. Local militia leaders insist that they do not have weapons capable of shooting down a plane flying at 32,000 feet.

A preliminary report on the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine is expected to be issued on September 9.

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