Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Ukraine is responsible for the disaster with Malaysia Airlines plane, which occurred on Thursday, July 18. The Russian president urged the Russian authorities to assist in every way in the investigation of this crime.
"Undoubtedly, the state, on the territory of which it happened, is responsible for this terrible tragedy," Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the State for Economic Affairs, which he proposed to start with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the terrible disaster.
"This tragedy would not have happened, if there had been peace in the world, and if the fighting in the south-east of Ukraine wouldn't have been resumed," Putin said.
Putin ordered the Russian government to do everything possible to establish an objective picture of the disaster. "I ask the Russian government through available opportunities of civilian agencies to do everything to thoroughly investigate this event," said the president.
"We must do everything in our power so that an objective picture of what happened became available to the general public of Russia, Ukraine and the whole world," Putin stated.
"These are absolutely unacceptable things, and nobody has the right to pass this by without making appropriate conclusions, without obtaining objective information about the accident," said the president of the Russian Federation.
Putin also reiterated his condolences on behalf of the Russian government to all the families of the victims, as well as the governments of those countries, whose citizens were flying in the crashed plane.
Amid the versions of the reasons of the crash of the MA Boeing 777, officials with the Russian Federal Aviation Agency, Rosaviation, believe that the passenger jetliner was shot down. The original target could be the airplane of Russian President Putin.
"The presidential jetliner and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and at the same echelon. This happened near Warsaw, on 330th echelon at an altitude of 10,100 meters. Air Force One was there at 16:21 MSK, the Malaysian plane - at 15:44 MSK," an anonymous source said.
"The contours of the two aircraft are generally similar, the linear dimensions are also very similar, and as for coloring, it looks almost identical at a remote distance," the source said.
Afterwards, an official spokesman for Rosaviation that the agency never comments on the routes of Air Force One.
Advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko, said that the plane was shot down with anti-aircraft missile system Buk.
At the same time, armed supporters of Donetsk and Luhansk breakaway republics denied any involvement in the crash of the plane. They do not exclude that the Ukrainian Air Force is responsible for the disaster. Donetsk People's Republic Prime Minister Alexander Boroday said that the plane could be shot down by Ukrainian air defense, which, according to him, were set on high alert on July 14. In addition, the website of the People's Republic of Luhansk says that eyewitnesses saw a strike fighter attacking the Malaysia Airlines Boeing.