Serbia urges not to politicize Turkish Stream pipeline construction
Blatter is FIFA presidential election favourite — sources
Donetsk republic warns of Kiev's possible chemical weapons provocations
Russia concerned over upcoming missile defense drills involving US
Lithuania’s foreign minister calls for preservation of anti-Russian sanctions
Donetsk republic warns of Kiev's possible chemical weapons provocationsWorld May 29, 12:50
China’s envoy to Russia says Silk Road, Eurasia Union should advance togetherEconomy May 29, 12:38
Russia, China continue military cooperation but military alliance not on agenda — officialRussia May 29, 12:25
Diplomat: Russian, European Commission experts to discuss Ukraine-EU association in MoscowEconomy May 29, 12:20
Russia-China partnership not aimed against any countries — officialRussia May 29, 11:50
Russia concerned over upcoming missile defense drills involving USWorld May 29, 11:24
Russian defense minister sets more complicated tasks for military snap checkRussia May 29, 11:01
Iran's foreign minister to visit Moscow June 4Russia May 29, 10:48
Donetsk republic militia positions shelled 30 times over 24 hours — spokesmanWorld May 29, 10:42
MOSCOW, July 19 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed in a telephone conversation on Saturday, July 19, that all evidence, including flight data recorders, from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 passenger jetliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 should be made available for examination as part of an international investigation.
“Lavrov and Kerry discussed the situation in Ukraine and called for urgent measures to settle it,” the Foreign Ministry said, adding that the conversation had taken place by preliminary agreement following a telephone call between the presidents of the two countries on July 17.
“During the frank discussion, the minister and the secretary, without mincing words, exchanged assessments and arguments and agreed on the main point that it is necessary to ensure an absolutely impartial, independent and open international investigation of the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine on July 17. The circumstances of this accident should be investigated with the leading role of ICAO and with the participation of all those who are ready to help to establish the truth,” the ministry said.
Lavrov and Kerry agreed that “all evidence, including flight data recorders, should be made available for examination as part of an international investigation and that all necessary conditions should be created on the ground to ensure access for the international team of experts”.
The Russian minister stressed the need to use the experts of the Interstate Aviation Committee, of which both Russia and Ukraine are members, for investigating the accident.
The chief diplomats also said that the parties to the Ukrainian conflict should return to the Geneva agreement of April 17 which call for “putting an immediate end to all violence and for the commencing an inclusive, transparent and accountable constitutional process involving all regions of Ukraine”, the ministry said.
“Lavrov and Kerry agreed to use the influence of Russia and the United States on the warring Ukrainian sides to prod them into moving in this direction. They stressed that the conflict in Ukraine could not be solved by military methods and could only be settled peacefully through a national consensus,” the ministry said.
The plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Region 60 km from the Russian border on July 17 and as many as 298 people aboard died.