DISINFO: Russia will be acquitted in the crash of MH17 for a bribe
  • Outlet: tsargrad.tv (archived)*
  • Date of publication: November 07, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • Countries / regions discussed: The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
Conspiracy theory MH17

DISINFO: Russia will be acquitted in the crash of MH17 for a bribe


Ukrainian media revealed a “conspiracy”: Europe will admit Russia’s innocence of the crash of the Boeing MH17 if Moscow pays Amsterdam a “compensation”. Russia and the Netherlands allegedly are in secret negotiations to pay compensation for the crashed airliner without admitting guilt for the tragedy.


No evidence given regarding possible secret talks and recognition of the alleged Russia's innocence in the MH17 crash. Recurring disinformation narrative on MH17 downing. Earlier this year, the Dutch foreign minister announced that his country was in diplomatic discussions with Russia about whether Moscow bears legal responsibility in the 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine. The Dutch-led criminal investigation on the MH17 crash by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has provided concrete evidence of Russia's involvement. The JIT conclusions were further corroborated by Bellingcat. The European Union and NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17. The two governments are formally holding Russia accountable.


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