Russian Federation must face justice over flight MH17, says Boris Johnson

Bellingcat Russian high-ranking military officer Oleg Ivannikov involved in MH17 downing

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 was carrying out flight MN17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was downed in the sky over the Donetsk region

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has said that Russia has been barred from the worldwide investigation and thus can't trust its results.

In a statement, the Dutch cabinet acknowledged that "Holding a country responsible is a complex legal process". He described Lavrov as "standoffish" and said Lavrov had repeated that Russian Federation was not responsible.

"If the global investigative team is indeed interested in tracking down the real culprits of the MH17 catastrophe, its members would better rely on facts and witness testimony and not fakes produced by Bellingcat and Ukraine's Security Service", the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

In keeping with years of denials of any military involvement in the region, the general claimed no Russian rocket launchers were sent to Crimea to aid the pro-Russian separatist forces there.

All 298 passengers onboard the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, including two New Zealanders, died when the missile struck above Ukraine in July 2014.

The GRU officer Oleg Ivannikov, according to the new Bellingcat investigation, is the "Orion" from the audio footage.

In October investigators conclude the plane was shot down by a missile fired from eastern Ukraine and which exploded "outside the airplane against the left-hand side of the cockpit", Dutch Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra says.

"Ivannikov also supervised the procurement and transport of weapons across the Russia-Ukraine border", Bellingcat said.

FILE - In this Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Meanwhile, the investigative site Bellingcat claimed it had identified the second of two men whom the JIT has fingered as top suspects after obtaining their wire-tapped conversations before and after the plane was shot out of the sky.

Spokeswoman Martina Fietz said Friday the German government accepts and supports the investigators' report.

"And I guess we can suspect that those who wanted the United Kingdom to leave the EU are Russian agents", he added, noting that the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, was among those campaigning to leave the European Union. "And now we have the names of individuals who commanded things".

The JIT comprises investigators from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.

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"They want to see closure but they also deserve justice and we will be seeking reparations for the atrocities caused by this conduct", Ms Bishop said.

"The downing of MH17 was a global tragedy, and those responsible must be held accountable", Stoltenberg said.

The Ministry of Defence chief warned the Putin's regime "continues to challenge us in every domain".

Earlier in the year, Peters appeared reluctant to lay blame at Russia's feet for both the MH17 tragedy and a chemical attack on a former Russian spy on British soil, as the Government hoped to salvage free trade talks with the Kremlin. When combined, these specific characteristics "can be considered as a fingerprint" - this one matched the one that joined the 53rd brigade on June 23-25 in 2014, just shy of three weeks before MH17 was shot down.

"Obviously as we did not have the chance to be a full participant, we don't know how far we can believe the result", he said.

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