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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe main reason for the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner is Russia’s geopolitical ambitions, believes former Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister, MEP Artis Pabriks.

«I believe the main reason for the air catastrophe is Russia’s geopolitical ambitions and political risks. These factors have led to all kinds of people and weapons ending up in a foreign country,» – says the politician.

Pabriks notes that it is not known for certain what role Russia played in the shooting down of the passenger plane. However, he says there is no doubt Russia is either directly or indirectly responsible for the catastrophe. This is why international investigators have to collect as much evidence as possible about this catastrophe, because propaganda is already there, and the possibility of attempts to hide evidence is always present.

The ex-Defence Minister says it is possible that this catastrophe may force the EU to progress faster with new sanctions, as USA does. «Supporters of peaceful solutions in the EU will now have a tougher time defending their views,» – added Pabriks.

If Russia’s relation to this catastrophe ends up being proven, it will impact Russia’s positions on the international arena for a long time. On top of that, cooperation with Russia will never be the same.

Pabriks also added that the international society has to provide Ukraine help by ensuring the border between Russia and Ukraine is tightly closed. He proposed accomplishing this by using diplomatic, economic and political pressure. Secondly, he said international society should partake in the modernization of Ukraine’s political, economic, social and army systems.

As previously reported, a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down in Ukraine on its way from Amsterdam to Kualua Lumpur this Thursday, July 17th. 280 passengers and 15 members of staff were on board the plane; no survivors.

Communications with Boeing 777, which was 10,000 km above ground over Ukraine, went down at 16:20. It is reported that the plane crashed near the village of Hrabove, not far from the Russian border.

This disaster has been confirmed by Ukrainian Interior Affairs Minister’s assistant Anton Gerashenko. According to him, the passenger aircraft was shot down by ‘terrorists’ in Donetsk.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    You know, you really do have to have either a psychotic hatred towards all things Russian or be extraordinarily naive to swallow the ‘Putin is to blame for everything that happens’ line.

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    • Linda says:

      No, only of Russian imperialism and its European ambition to be dominant power in Europe. As my roots are in the east I have more experience than you do of Russian imperialism and its many guises, so don’t comment on what you don’t know the in/out of.

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  2. Linda says:

    The problem is that the Ukrainian forces had no reason to release surface to air missiles as the pro-Russian separatists have no military aircraft, therefore, logically it has to be Russian surface to air missiles launched by the agitators in Eastern Ukraine which missiles have been supplied by Russia therefore Putin by implication. The other issue is why in the world should external airlines seek to fly over Ukrainian territory when hostile military action is ongoing – crass stupidity and criminal neglect of their trusting passengers!

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  3. Brian says:

    Another well balanced article that gets away from the Putin apologists.

    In the Ukraine, Putin is to blame for everything.

    The facts are there for all to see. Russia has instrumented the invasion and occupation of Crimea, and is supporting the terrorists in eastern Ukraine. Who else is bankrolling this event ? Who benefits from this ? Russia does.

    There is no psychotic hatred of all things Russian. Just a hatred of countries that invade other sovereign nations, and then lie to say it was the peoples choice. (Take note of the lies told by Russia on the occupation of the Baltics).

    It is clear the terrorists thought they had shot down another
    Ukraine military aircraft, but this one unforgivable action will be the demise of the terrorists.

    The rest of the world has now been affected, and action will be taken.

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    • mike walsh says:

      TEN QUESTIONS FOR THE UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES
      1. Immediately after the tragedy, the Ukrainian authorities, naturally, blamed it on the self-defense forces. What are these accusations based on?

      2. Can Kiev explain in detail how it uses Buk missile launchers in the conflict zone? And why were these systems deployed there in the first place, seeing as the self-defense forces don’t have any planes?

      3. Why are the Ukrainian authorities not doing anything to set up an international commission? When will such a commission begin its work?

      4. Would the Ukrainian Armed Forces be willing to let international investigators see the inventory of their air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, including those used in SAM launchers?

      5. Will the international commission have access to tracking data from reliable sources regarding the movements of Ukrainian war planes on the day of the tragedy?

      6. Why did Ukrainian air traffic controllers allow the plane to deviate from the regular route to the north, towards “the anti-terrorist operation zone”?

      7. Why was airspace over the war zone not closed for civilian flights, especially since the area was not entirely covered by radar navigation systems?

      8. How can official Kiev comment on reports in the social media, allegedly by a Spanish air traffic controller who works in Ukraine, that there were two Ukrainian military planes flying alongside the Boeing 777 over Ukrainian territory?

      9. Why did Ukraine’s Security Service start working with the recordings of communications between Ukrainian air traffic controllers and the Boeing crew and with the data storage systems from Ukrainian radars without waiting for international investigators?

      10. What lessons has Ukraine learned from a similar incident in 2001, when a Russian Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea? Back then, the Ukrainian authorities denied any involvement on the part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces until irrefutable evidence proved official Kiev to be guilty.

      11. Why has Kiev refused to accept an international commission inquiry?

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      • jj says:

        With the exception of adding an 11th question (which is completely untrue anyway), this is word for word the same as an article appearing in RT.com.

        We can read that ourselves without you needing to copy it here.

        And why do you need to post it twice on this website?

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        • mike walsh says:

          Never mind shooting the messengers. The world is waiting for answers to these questions. No one has yet to do so. That speaks volumes. Not even the U.S. State Department.

          Here is freedom to him who would speak, / Here is freedom to him who would write; / For there is none ever feared that the truth should be heard, / Save him whom the truth would indict! – ROBERT BURNS (1759–96).

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          • jj says:

            In no way was I shooting the messenger – that was a rather pathetic comment.
            Nor was I commenting on the veracity or otherwise of your points (apart from the 11th).

            I merely asked why you had to copy twice on here the article that you had already written for the Russia today website.

            Is this website to become a place where the comments are simply reposted articles that have already appeared elsewhere?

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      • Linda says:

        On your 11 points list: I agree with the Pt 6 & 7; which beggars belief that the aircraft or any civilian aircraft should fly over a war zone whatever the ceiling height for military actions. The point of the control tower moving the aircraft off its flight path apparently is normal practice in normal circumstances.
        I should add further points to your long list: 12) why are the black boxes of the aircraft still in the hands of the pro-Russia thugs? 13) why are the members of OSCE being blocked from the site and being disrespected, is it because the OSCE kicked Russia out?

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  4. Brian says:

    Why are the Russian sponsored terrorists preventing investigation crews into the crash zone ?

    To hide the truth.

    An armed anti-aircraft vehicle with the capability to effectively bring down the commercial plane was filmed in the area just prior to the crash. A vehicle being driven by the Russian sponsored terrorists. Later it was filmed with two missiles missing. Why was it there ?

    To shoot down the aircraft.

    You can not provide food and medical supplies to terrorists (even excluding the provision of weapons and soldiers) and then believe you are not fully responsible for every action they take.

    The bottom line is, there are Russian sponsored terrorists in eastern Ukraine. For every crime they commit, Putin is criminally responsible.

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  5. Tom says:

    Yes I now hate all things Russian after what has happened. what sort of people are you if you attempt to defend such criminal murderous actions. Dam you Putins Russia dam you to hell.

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    • mike walsh says:

      As Mark Twain surmised: “A lie will travel the world whilst the truth is still tying its boot laces.” Already the holes appearing, not in the unfortunate airliner’s fuselage, but in the West’s accusations. It is all coming apart.

      Millions are really going to enjoy the fall-out from this. If as I suspect, despite a shameless orchestrated Western media, the evidence clearly suggests a Western source false flag operation, then the NATO West is doomed. This is one false flag too far. This time they have really messed up.

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      • Brian says:

        There are no holes in the evidence coming from this atrocity.

        The facts are that terrorists are stealing from the dead and hiding evidence. Hopefully a number of people will have international warrants for murder / war crimes out on them as a result of this incident.

        I think some people will never risk leaving Russia again, or else be arrested.

        And now Mike, it appears your role as a Russian propaganda distributor has been shown to be true. RT’s only purpose is for Russian propaganda. No truth to be found there.

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        • Linda says:

          Time for all peoples of the world to do their bit: no tourists to Russia, no buying of Russian goods; no tourists from Russia. Boycott and blacklist.

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          • Brian says:

            Linda is perfectly correct that Russia must be hurt economically to stop their quest for further occupation.

            Also, its citizens are only fed Russian propaganda, no truth. Stopping all Russians from obtaining visas to holiday or do business in other countries will start to make them think that their leaders are doing something very wrong.

            The EU, NATO and UN need to toughen up and stop these terrorists from seeing how far they can go, and what they can get away with before any significant action is taken.

            The time for action is now.

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            • mike walsh says:

              Who benefits. The West is milking this tragedy for all it is worth. Truth is the first victim of war.

              As Mark Twain surmised, a lie will travel the world whilst the boot is still tying its boot laces. Not to be dismissed as conspiracy theorists.

              There is evidence and scepticism that this, like WMD, Strike within 24 Hours, 9 / 11 , chemical weapons etc. was a False Flag. If so the West has lost this war too.

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