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    Russia regrets the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 investigation's stand off, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia regrets the failure on the part of Washington and Kiev in divulging all relevant data to the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    "Russia has consistently advocated and continues to advocate for very close cooperation in the investigation. Russia has repeatedly said that it had provided all the necessary data, and regrets the fact that a number of parties, including those mentioned, are not following this example," Peskov told reporters.

    The spokesman was responding to a request for comments after Dutch media reported that family members of the MH17 victims appealed to the EU foreign policy chief for assistance in retrieving missing radar and satellite images of the flight. The relatives reportedly allege that Washington, Kiev and Moscow have thus far failed to share "all the relevant information" in connection to the crash.

    Flight MH17 crashed with 298 people on board on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine, while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, leaving no survivors. Kiev and independence supporters in Ukraine’s southeast have blamed each other for the downing of the MH17 plane.

    Dutch investigators published a report in October 2015 claiming that the Malaysia Airlines aircraft appeared to have been downed using a Russia-produced Buk surface-to-air missile system. The report did not identify the exact location from where the missile was fired.

    The Dutch Public Prosecution Service's (OM) preliminary investigation report into the disaster is expected on September 28. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said this month he planned to call a five-country Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – comprising Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine – after the report's publication to determine a plan of action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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