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Russia: Malaysian FM says accusing Russia of MH17 downing is 'premature' *PARTNER CONTENT*

Russian Federation, Vladivostok
September 05, 2019 at 17:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah spoke of the investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), in Vladivostok on Thursday.

'What is most important, I think, it is premature to make accusations before the whole investigation is completed," he said, mentioning Russia as a country which some quarters are accusing of being responsible for the incident.

On the other hand, he emphasised that he was "not suggesting a new investigation," speaking of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is already conducting an internationally recognised one.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was downed in the skies over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed.

In May 24 2018 the JIT claimed that a missile launcher used to down the plane came from Russia's armed forces.

Russia denies all the allegations, saying no proof has been provided.

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Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah spoke of the investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), in Vladivostok on Thursday.

'What is most important, I think, it is premature to make accusations before the whole investigation is completed," he said, mentioning Russia as a country which some quarters are accusing of being responsible for the incident.

On the other hand, he emphasised that he was "not suggesting a new investigation," speaking of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is already conducting an internationally recognised one.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was downed in the skies over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed.

In May 24 2018 the JIT claimed that a missile launcher used to down the plane came from Russia's armed forces.

Russia denies all the allegations, saying no proof has been provided.

W/S Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah's interview with RT, Vladivostok

C/U Abdullah's hands in his lap

SOT, Saifuddin Abdullah, Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs: "As the investigation was still going on, already there were some effort by some quarters to accuse some particular country, it happens to be Russia, to be behind it. Recently there was a list of names, there was alleged to be the people responsible for shooting the missile. So as far as Malaysia is concerned number one, we want the investigation to complete before we make all these kind of accusations, because we are waiting for the trial, we just scheduled to be in March next year and we are very hopeful all the evidences will be collected by that time. That's number one. Number two, perhaps it is a good idea if even before the trial, if there are other evidences... There may be other parties who have evidence and have some strong opinion as to how the investigation is carried out - we are open to looking at those new facts. What is most important, I think, it is premature to make accusations before the whole investigation is completed."

C/U Abdullah's face *CUTAWAY*

W/S Abdullah *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Saifuddin Abdullah, Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs (English): "No, I'm not suggesting a new investigation. All I'm saying is we heard there are people maybe individuals or groups who may have their own way of making their own investigation. They may have an opinion on certain things then we should listen to them."

W/S Abdullah

M/S Abdullah's face

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