MOSCOW, July 18 (RIA Novosti) - Malaysian airliner crash in eastern Ukraine is beneficial to Kiev, while Moscow has nothing to gain from this tragedy, the director of Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Daniel McAdams told RIA Novosti Friday.
"It is hard to get through all the propaganda on the plane so I cannot say about who [is] responsible," McAdams said. "Who benefits? Kiev. There is no possible benefit for Moscow," McAdams said.
All 283 passengers and 15 crew members died as a Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed Thursday near the town of Torez in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. The cause of the crash of flight MH17 is yet to be determined.
Following the tragedy, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a full, transparent international investigation and said he was following closely every report on the accident together with the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Ukraine’s state-run air traffic operator Ukraerorukh later announced that leading international experts would be engaged to clarify the circumstances of the tragedy.
Commenting on the tragedy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said early Friday that Kiev bore responsibility for the Malaysia Airlines' plane crash and called for a moment of silence to remember the people who had lost their lives in this crash. President Putin also expressed his condolences to Malaysian Prime Minister Najob Razak.