U.S. artificially hindering probe into Boeing crash - Russian diplomat

The U.S. is artificially hindering the investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine, says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

The U.S. is artificially hindering the investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine, says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

"There are reasons to assume that this investigation is being hindered artificially not without the U.S.' involvement," Ryabkov told journalists on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Brisbane.

Russia has done a lot to promote the investigation; in particular, it has shared all relevant materials it possesses and is maintaining permanent contact with the Dutch organizations involved in the probe, he said.

"A whole host of questions remains open. If we had anything to hide, perhaps we would not be so keenly interested in revealing all facts without any delay," he said.

"The American habit to groundlessly accuse us of all sins and level unfounded criticism, expecting that most of the international community takes anything said by Washington at face value - the fallaciousness of this expectation needs to be exposed, which we will continue to do," Ryabkov said.

The first preliminary report on the investigation into the crash appeared several months later than the previously planned date, Ryabkov said. "Now they say the final report will be ready next year. We don't have the full understanding of what is being done and how and whether there have been some adjustments in the judgments regarding the course of this investigation. This disturbs us," he said.

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