MH17 Ukraine disaster: Dutch Safety Board blames missile

BBC, 13.10.2015.


Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed as a result of a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board says.
The missile hit the front left of the plane causing other parts to break off, it said in a final report into the July 2014 disaster, which killed 298 people.


The Dutch Safety Board's Final Report on the Shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

U.S.DepartmentOfState, 13.10.2015.

US Department of State

We welcome the important findings of the Dutch Safety Board in its final report on the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. This report is the result of an independent, transparent, and rigorous 15-month investigation completed in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, and includes contributions from a wide array of experts from many countries, including the United States.

This report validates what Secretary Kerry first said more than a year ago, MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile. Secretary Kerry also made clear that the United States detected a missile launch from separatist-controlled territory at the moment of the shootdown and drew attention to verified conversations among separatist leaders bragging about shooting down an aircraft in the immediate aftermath of this tragic event.

We also take note of the finding of the Dutch Safety Board’s recommendations regarding the handling of airspace during armed conflicts, and we are studying them.

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Dutch Safety Board Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

TheWhiteHouse, 13.10.2015.

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The release today by the Dutch Safety Board of its investigatory report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 is an important milestone in the effort to hold accountable those responsible for the shoot-down of the aircraft and the killing of those aboard.  This independent investigation has been conducted in accordance with international standards and recommended practices in a professional manner by the Dutch Safety Board authorities, and serves as a basis for further investigations to identify those responsible for the deaths of 298 innocent men, women, and children.  The report also serves to remind us of this terrible tragedy and the impact it continues to have on those left behind.  We maintain our support for the work being conducted by the countries of the Joint Investigation Team, and reiterate that the United States will fully support all efforts to bring to justice those responsible.  Our assessment is unchanged — MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.  The victims and their loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Russia in the Balkans: How should the EU respond?

European Policy Centre, 12.10.2015.

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European Policy Centre
12 October 2015
Dimitar Bechev (EPC Academic Fellow, Director of the European Policy Institute (Sofia) and Visiting Fellow, Centre for European Studies, Harvard University)


It is no secret that Russia and the Balkan countries have deep-running historical ties. Pared with recent developments, such as the stepped-up military collaboration between Russia and some Western Balkan countries and Russian energy firms’ near-monopoly in Serbia, Bulgaria and Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS), it has led some senior politicians in the West, both in the EU and the US, to believe the Balkans are being “infiltrated” by Moscow. However, Dimitar Bechev (EPC Academic Fellow and Director of the European Policy Institute in Sofia) argues that, although Russia’s political and economic presence in the region is higher than at any time since the Cold War, it is being given too much credit. In this Policy Brief, Bechev takes a closer look at Russia’s policies in the Balkans, advises not to overstate, but also not to underestimate, Moscow’s influence, and gives concrete policy recommendations on how to deal with the challenge Russia poses in the region.

The entire publication is available here

Brat kopredsednik

Danas, 13.10.2015.


Dmitrij Rogozin, potpredsednik Vlade Rusije, potvrdio je da je novi kopredsednik srpsko-ruske komisije za trgovinsko-ekonomsku saradnju. Kako je istakao, odluku da funkciju kopredsednika ruskog dela Međuvladine komisije Rusije i Srbije preuzme od Aleksandra Novaka, ministra za energetiku, potpisao je premijer Dmitrij Medvedev. Rogozin, zadužen za vojnu industriju, najavio je da će se sa ministrom spoljnih poslova, Ivicom Dačićem, kopredsednikom komisije sa srpske strane, sastati 26. oktobra u Moskvi "kako bi se aktivirala saradnja između dve bratske države".