Russia transfers Malaysian Boeing crash data to EU

Moscow transferred all Russian Defense Ministry data pertaining to the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine to the European Union on Tuesday, Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told Russian reporters in Brussels.

Moscow transferred all Russian Defense Ministry data pertaining to the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine to the European Union on Tuesday, Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told Russian reporters in Brussels.

"We transferred [the data] on Tuesday as soon as we obtained the written document in Russian and English. We sent it to every interested person," Chizhov said.

He added that the EU "had not offered a reaction."

"It [the reaction] was offered only by the United States and it was quite predictable - it cast doubt on the Russian data. True, this is their right. But if they have doubts they should produce their evidence and they have not done so as of yet. Let me add that the Americans never present evidence in such cases under the pretext that this is intelligence information, their sources may be compromised and so on," he stressed.

The United States found itself in the epicenter of a similar scandal in 1998 when the U.S. missile cruiser Vincennes shot down with a guided missile an Iranian airliner it mistook for a military plane.

The Russian envoy recalled that the then President, George Bush, Sr. said, "I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are."

 

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