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The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation handed over additional documents related to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing crash investigation to the competent authorities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation handed over additional documents related to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing crash investigation to the competent authorities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

25 august 2017, 13:06

On August 22, 2017, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation handed over the materials resulted from execution of the Dutch request for legal assistance in investigation into the Boeing-777-200 crash in Ukraine, occurred on July 17, 2014, to representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation.

Following the statement by the Dutch party of alleged difficulties in deciphering primary radiolocation data concerning the situation in air space at the moment of the crash, that was transferred earlier, in October 2016, the Russian party presented the said data once again having reformatted it into ASTERIX data format, as it was requested by the Dutch party and attached detailed instruction manual.

At the same time Russian experts noted that just the format of “primary registration”, in which the Russian Federation handed over the data in October 2016, is initial unprocessed information, while one converted into ASTERIX is a secondary source and a great deal of unprocessed radiolocation data could be lost.

The Russian party stressed once again that analysis of data of Russian radar, both in the format of “primary registration” and in ASTERIX, challenges the statements of the official investigation as regards the place of missile’s launch. According to deciphered radar data, the missile that downed the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 couldn’t be fired from Pervomayskoye settlement, as it was said by representatives of the Joint Investigation Team on September 28, 2016. According to Russian experts, if a missile had been on a “head-on course” trajectory, the Ust-Donetsky radar “Utyos-T” would have picked up a back echo of the weapon.

Given an irrefutable character of such data as primary radar, Russia once again called the Netherlands to take into account by all means the transferred information and to consider it in further investigation, including final conclusion of the Joint Investigation Team.

The present Dutch request is the fifth one executed by the Russian Federation.

Handing over the executed materials, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation emphasized once again that the Russian Federation is interested in unbiased investigation into the Malaysian plane crash and is ready to render any kind of assistance.