#MH17 JIT statement on the @mod_russia presser:
"In May 2018 the JIT specifically requested information concerning numbers found on several recovered missile parts." but Russia left them unanswered, I guess they prefer to communicate via press conference om.nl/actueel/nieuws…
#MH17 JIT - "The JIT will meticulously study the materials presented today as soon as the Russian Federation makes the relevant documents available to the JIT as requested in May 2018 and required by UNSC resolution 2166."
Here the #MH17 JIT effectively calls the Russian Ministry of Defence out as liars:
Malaysia = 1MDB = connected to the #WorldMobCoup. Keep that in mind as you read about #MH370 today.
And remember that Malaysia Airlines flight 17, #MH17 was shot down over Ukraine by a RUSSIAN MISSILE (per Netherlands & Australian gov’ts) in July 2014. reuters.com/article/us-mal…
4 years ago tomorrow (July 17, 2014), Malaysia Airlines Flight #MH17 was shot down by the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, killing all 298 men, women and children aboard. #TreasonSummit#HelsinkiSummit
Not an auspicious beginning.
• Kremlin describes very different agenda than Trump
• Trump makes no mention of election interference in his opening remarks
• congratulates Russia on the World Cup – but not the winner, France
Could all players and fans at the @FIFAWorldCup please remember that Russia is currently invading Ukraine and therefore it isn't polite to express support for Ukraine. It hurts Russians' feelings.
Take some basic etiquette lessons. In Russian if you say "в Украину" to mean "to Ukraine" it hurts their feelings because they don't consider Ukraine to be a country. Say "на Украину" to indicate that you think Ukraine is just a territory on the edge of Russia.
In Russia, don't say that Russia invaded Ukraine. Say that volunteers from Russia have gone to Ukraine to save the Russian-speaking population from a fascist genocide.
This has been the French stance since 2014. Robust measures against Russian breaches of international law, conciliatory language in the Gaullist tradition of "Lisbon to Vladivostok" to give Putin and successors an off ramp and position France well if there is a shift to detente
So the balance Macron worked through was in a continuity with signals sent by France and the EU since 2014. If Russia opts to de-escalate in Donbas and back off Ukraine, Crimea will be isolated through sanctions that don't affect the rest of Russia
The outcome for Ukraine the EU has clearly signalled it can live with is a Cyprus scenario. Where the aggressor keeps some gains that are isolated by sanctions but backs off the rest of Ukraine. Once de-escalation happens back to business as usual
We at @bellingcat have finally published our report revealing the identity of #MH17 person of interest 'Andrei Ivanovich' (Orion) -- it's GRU officer Oleg Ivannikov, who previously served as Minister of Defense of South Ossetia (yes, seriously). bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-eu…
Ivannikov served as Minister of Defense in South Ossetia from 2006-8 under the pseudonym of 'Andrei Ivanovich Laptev'. In 2012, he headed up a new think tank focusing on the breakaway republics of Georgia before going to Ukraine in 2014. bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-eu…
We made the discovery by a series of connections from the phone number published in the original intercepted phone conversations related to MH17.
When Russia downed MH17 over Ukraine, I thought surely that’s the West’s wake-up call to Putin’s shocking aggression. 4 yrs later, Russia uses the same playbook to avoid culpability—deny, lie & kick up the propaganda machine. Truth’s a great antidote👉NEW JIT investigation video
Netherlands, Australia Hold #Russia Responsible for 2014 Shooting Down of Malaysian Airliner #MH17, Killing All 298 Passengers. Russian response to indisputable evidence identifying 🇷🇺army, 🇷🇺missile & 🇷🇺soldiers? Same old denials & #disinformation. npr.org/sections/thetw…
Russia masked its invasion of Ukraine w/ propaganda about "separatists" & "civil war." Flight MH17–downed by Russian forces w/ Russian equipment–blew the lid off Russia's lies, I wrote in 2015. It took time, but the Kremlin's finally busted for its terror. eastwestblog.net/2015/07/18/rus…
Dutch investigators say they have "legal and convincing evidence” showing that Russian army missile system shot down passenger flight #MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. theguardian.com/world/2018/may…
Dutch investigators conclude what @bellingcat has been saying all along: A Russian army brigade owned the missile system that shot down a passenger jet in 2014, killing 298 people. rferl.org/a/mh17-crimina…
Australia and Netherlands formally accuse Russia of being responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. bbc.com/news/world-eur…
The best way to gauge the Kremlin’s complicity is to consider that its involvement is directly proportionate to the number of conspiracy theories being floated by #Russia’s state media (e.g. #MH17). With respect to #Skripal, numerous “alternative story plots” are already in play.
Russia’s state media #Skripal conspiracy theory No.1:
Porton Down, where the Brits were experimenting with the same types of nerve agents, is located next door to where Skripal and his daughter were found.