The US position in the investigation of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777 over Donbas reflects Washington’s political course towards pushing back Russia and strengthening its position in Ukraine. This opinion was shared with Lenta.ru by Kees van der Peil, a Dutch political scientist, author of a book about the disaster “The Crash of the MH17: Ukraine and the New Cold War”.
The expert called Washington’s information about the presence of a satellite image, which captures the moment of launching a rocket on the liner, as a bluff. He stressed that the release of intelligence of this level requires a long procedure of collection, assessment and transmission through the military.
“The state apparatus is not one person, it is a loose collection of individual offices that work slowly,” Peil concluded. According to him, in the situation with the discovery of evidence in the case of the Boeing shot down in Donbass, there was a “propaganda machine” in the work of which Washington can be considered a champion.
The political scientist said that the outcome of the Malaysian plane crash trial was a foregone conclusion. In his opinion, despite serious violations during the technical and criminal investigation, the judges will do everything possible to convict the suspects and bring Moscow to justice.
Since 2020, a court in the Netherlands has tried to obtain photographs from the American side that allegedly confirm the launch of a missile from a Buk anti-aircraft complex near the crash site on the day of the crash of flight MH17. The last time this was asked in the spring of 2021, the United States again refused. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Washington of concealing facts related to the crash of the liner.
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board, all of whom died. Investigators accused Russian citizens Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Oleg Pulatov, Sergei Dubinsky and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko of involvement in the incident.