Moscow is categorically against the politicization of an investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in southeastern Ukraine, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists on July 30 when asked why Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the disaster.
"Russia, as has been said on numerous occasions, including by President Vladimir Putin and other of our high-ranking officials, has consistently favored a genuine investigation into this plane crash and the identification of those responsible for it," Peskov said.
"Russia has been very insistent in making sure that this investigation should be real, free from any politicization, and that this investigation cannot be taken advantage of as a pretext for some political inquisition," Peskov said.
"Russia has repeatedly addressed its questions to the investigators, and Russia has repeatedly expressed its regret that it cannot be engaged and cannot cooperate with those handling the investigation. Unfortunately, we have not always received answers to our questions in connection with the circumstances of this tragedy," he said.
"The investigation should be brought to an end impartially and without bias, so that the full amount of information is considered in the course of the investigation," he said.
Kiev's claims that Russia's decision to block a draft resolution allegedly comes as de facto recognition of Moscow's guilt are "absurd", Kremlin spokesman told.
"This statement is totally absurd," he said.
"When Russia repeatedly asked the question about the whereabouts of the materials linked with the Ukrainian side's air traffic controllers' communications, etc, at that time, regrettably, no statements were made by Ukraine," Peskov said.
"That is why such claims are absurd in this case," he said.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.