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KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 Russia has called for the
investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to be
led by the "international community" and not Ukraine, its
ambassador to Malaysia said on Tuesday.
"This situation is quite unique, the area is a war zone. I
think the international community should be flexible about that
and act in a way acceptable to all sides," Russian ambassador to
Malaysia Lyudmila Vorobyeva said in a news conference on
"Russia has been calling for a fair, thorough and full
investigation led by ICAO since the beginning," she said.
ICAO is the United Nation's International Civil Aviation
Organization. Under ICAO rules the country where the incident
happened, in this case Ukraine, should lead the investigation.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down last week in
eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.
The aircraft's black boxes, which could hold information
about the crash in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, were handed to
Malaysian officials on Tuesday morning.
"We've been calling for an investigation lead by ICAO. The
reason for that is that the rebels, as we understand do not
trust the government of Kiev," said Vorobyeva.
"That's why they were reluctant to hand over anything
(including) the black boxes to the Ukrainian side because they
are afraid the evidence would be tampered with."
(Reporting By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Siva Govindasamy;
Editing by Michael Perry)