PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has urged all parties to cooperate with the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in order to uncover the truth behind the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
"Our approach has always been that conclusions must be based on evidence, and not be politically motivated," the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Thursday (June 20).
"Malaysia remains committed to the JIT process.
"We are equally committed to ensuring that the process is transparent, credible and effective,"
"In this connection, we call on all parties to cooperate with the process so that the truth will be discovered," it said.
The Ministry added that Malaysia also appreciated the presentation by JIT on June 19, following which international investigators issued arrest warrants for three Russian and one Ukrainian suspects over the shooting of the plane.
They are Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the murder charges brought against the four suspects, saying he hoped that they would stand trial.
However, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia was the target of "completely unfounded" accusations that it was involved in the downing of MH17. It said that the unfounded accusations were intended to discredit the country in the eyes of the international community.
It added that the JIT did not produce a single shred of concrete evidence to back up its "groundless statements".
On July 17, 2014, MH17 was shot down over Ukraine after departing Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur.
The plane was carrying 193 Dutch, 43 Malaysian, 38 Australian, 12 Indonesian and 10 British passengers, as well as one from New Zealand.
The joint investigation team, formed in 2014 and comprising Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, concluded that the plane was shot down by a Russian missile.
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