Right of Reply at HDIM 2019 Working Session 5

Members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) during a press conference on the preliminary results of the investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH17 in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The disaster claimed 298 lives. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Right of Reply at HDIM 2019 Working Session 5: Safety of Journalists

As delivered by Ambassador James Gilmore III, Head of Delegation
to the 2019 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw
September 18, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Moderator.

The United States wishes to refute – strongly refute – the misguided statement that was made during the proceedings here that was asserting that the Western media caste blame falsely for the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 and attributed it falsely to Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

In fact, this tragedy was thoroughly investigated by the Dutch-led joint investigative team who concluded that the plane in fact was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, a Buk surface-to-air missile, that was launched from Russian-controlled Eastern Ukraine.

These are the facts and we wish to get them in the record.