MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti) – Malaysia's defense minister expressed concern Monday over the security of experts at MH17 crash site ahead of the next expert team's visit to Ukraine.
"I don"t want to risk our security teams. I want to see for myself whether the safe passage to the crash site is a reality," the New Straits Times quoted Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein as saying September 7. "There is no closure until we find justice for MH17. Malaysia demands justice so that those responsible for shooting down MH17 be tried. This requires proof which is being gathered, and accurate information."
Following the Malaysian government's investigation of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, a team of 30 Malaysian experts, is expected to reach the crash site in Ukraine on Monday.
Apart from that, Minister Hishammuddin Hussein will visit Kiev accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainudin and Malaysian Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli bin Mohd. Zin.
The minister, however, did not disclose the parties he is going to meet and emphasized that Malaysia will remain uninvolved in the country's ongoing conflict.
After Kiev, Hishammuddin Hussein is scheduled to visit Moscow and Amsterdam to discuss the course of the investigation.
Flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17 in the Donetsk region, killing all 298 passengers on board. The reason for the crash is a matter of debate. Kiev accuses independence supporters in eastern Ukraine of shooting it down but cannot provide any evidence. The local militia leaders insist that they do not have weapons capable of shooting down a plane flying at 32,000 feet.
The investigation into the incident has been constantly interrupted by fighting between Kiev forces and the local militia in the vicinity of the wreckage.