If the Novorussian forces were responsible for the downing of MH17, why would Russia continue, and in an official capacity, request that the US release its satellite imagery taken at the time of the attack?
“We keep insisting that the Americans provide their satellite data, as they couldn’t but see what was happening on that day at that place,” Kelin told the Rossiya 24 TV channel. “We also urgently need data of talks between air traffic controllers that can be provided by the Ukrainian side.”
“There has been no information in this respect,” he said.
Kelin also told Rossiya 24 that he hopes the investigation into the Boeing crash will be completed.
“I was glad to learn today that collection of the wreckage resumed and it will be taken away. A couple of days ago, the issue was deadlocked,” he said.
“I hope and see the Dutch addressing the issue seriously, overcoming political difficulties, and the case is getting along well,” Kelin added.
He said that “the role of the OSCE is small here, they should contribute to completion of the operation although they are now witnessing the site being shelled by the [Ukrainian] army.”
“I hope this work [to investigate the crash] will be accomplished and experts will be able to examine Boeing wreckage not only by TV footage but on the site, and make certain conclusions that will show the investigation has been completed anyway,” the Russian envoy said.
Remember a U.S. satellite flew directly over MH17 at the time it was downed. Those images have yet to be released.