Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, Reports on the MH17 Aircraft Crash

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Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has today spoken in response to a report made by the Joint Investigation Team into the aircraft crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014.

Johnson said in a statement:

“Today’s progress in the investigation is an important step towards securing justice for the 298 people who lost their lives and for their families and friends who continue to deal with this awful tragedy.

The investigation is essential to ensure that those responsible face prosecution and to deliver accountability. Today’s initial criminal report offers clear evidence that the missile was Russian-made, and launched from within territory held by Russian-backed separatist groups. We ask that Russia now engages constructively with the findings and ongoing investigation.

It is important that investigations to confirm the motivation for the attack, the identity of possible perpetrators and the chain of command reach a conclusion. The UK will continue to offer full support to the investigation and we urge all states affected by this tragedy to do the same. Alongside this, we will keep doing all we can to support the relatives of the ten British nationals who lost their lives”.