MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) – By claiming that NATO has evidence of independence supporters being responsible for the crash of Malaysian Boeing in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is exerting pressure on the investigators, Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO said Monday.
“NATO Secretary General decided not to wait until the end of #MH17 investigation and exert pressure on it,” the statement posted on mission’s Twitter page reads.
The comment came in response to Rasmussen’s recent interview with the French Midi Libre newspaper, where Secretary General claimed that he had evidence of independence supporters being responsible for the crash. A representative of NATO did not specify to RIA Novosti what kind of evidence Rasmussen was referring to, saying that he could not “comment on intelligence data”. Another source in NATO told RIA Novosti earlier that the alliance was not participating in the investigation into the causes of the tragedy.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board, including 85 children, died in the crash. Kiev authorities and independence supporters have been trading blame for the downing of the plane, with independence supporters insisting they lacked the technology to shoot down a target flying at such a height.