Mikhail Malyshevsky, an adviser to the director general of the state-controlled Almaz-Antei consortium, speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Source: AP
The damage agents of the surface-to-air missile found on the Malaysian Boeing crash site and those stated in the Dutch report are not identical, Oleg Storchevoi, deputy head of Rosaviatsiya, said.
"It has been confirmed by experiments that the form and chemical composition of the real 'butterfly' damage agents after the explosion of the combat part of a surface-to-air Buk missile have nothing in common with what is presented in the final report [made by the Dutch commission]," Storchevoi told reporters on Oct. 14.
Storchevoi believes that "there is a need to publish exhaustive information confirming that these agents have been found."
He also said Russia has more than once asked its Dutch colleagues "to pay attention to these discrepancies."
Storchevoi also accused the Netherlands of hiding from Russia information that debris of a surface-to-air missile had been found on the crash site.
"Important information that debris allegedly belonging to a Buk missile was found on the crash site was hidden from us. We only learned about that in the most recent meeting in August 2015 after the Netherlands said the draft version of the final report would not be discussed anymore and no more comments on it were accepted," he said.
In the meantime, he emphasized that "Russia pointed out at the very beginning of the investigation that there would be a need for a study of the number of missiles capable of downing a Boeing 777 in the Ukrainian army." "However, that was never done. For this reason, we regard the presentation of fragments of a missile two months prior to the announcement of the date of the publication of the final report as the last attempt to form public opinion," Storchevoi said.
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