Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert has said Russia is “without a doubt responsible” for shooting down MH17, reports by UNIAN.
“The United States Government has long said that Russia is without a doubt responsible for shooting down MH17,” she said at a press briefing on July 18. “As recently as May, we put out two statements, and I’d like to read a bit from those statements. The first one came out on May the 24th. It’s said: “The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the joint investigation team as presented today by the Dutch public prosecutor. The missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airline Flight MH17 originated from the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade of the Russian Federation stationed in Kursk.” It goes on to say, “MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile fired from the territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia and Russian-led forces.” That was May 24th,” she said. “May 25th we put out another statement that said: “We strongly support decisions by the Netherlands and Australia to call Russia to account for its role in the July 2014 downing of the Malaysia flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine and the horrific deaths of 298 civilians. It’s time for Russia to acknowledge its role in shooting down the plane and cease its callous disinformation campaign,” she continued.