Russian missile manufacturer says it is necessary to investigate all MH17 crash theories

Ria Novosti/Valery Melnikov
The Russian side has not been analyzing any single theory until all the facts of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Donbas are established, the general director of Russia's Buk missile systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey, Yan Novikov, has said.

Source: Valery Melnikov / RIA Novosti

The Russian side has not been analyzing any single theory until all the facts of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Donbass are established, the general director of Russia's Buk missile systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey, Yan Novikov, has said.

"Russia has always supported invariability until all the facts are finally established, until all the theories are finally investigated in order to select the theory reflecting what actually happened in the most objective manner," he told a press conference in Moscow on Oct. 13.

"Our company is a commercial structure. We have certain motives. We have filed a lawsuit with a European court. We were among the first Russian companies on which sanctions were slapped immediately after the incident with the Boeing. We have large investment projects. We have lost time, which means money in business. That is why we asked the European court to give its assessment first and foremost in light of the fact that the presumption of innocence was violated. In other words, in the first place it is necessary to prove one's guilt, not the other way round," Novikov said.

"We are a company whose enterprises developed and manufactured this product [Buk surface-to-air missile systems]. We have exceptional competence in this issue," he added.

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