John Kerry does not answer questions of MH17 next of kin

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A large group next of kin of MH17 victims wrote letters to US Minister of Foreign Affairs John Kerry, Ukraine president Poroshenko and Russian Federation president Putin.

Part 1 of the letter is here. Part 2 can be read here.

In the letter the next of kin request to hand over radar data as well as satellite photos and satellite infra-red data.

Poroshenko did not respond yet.

Putin did not respond. However Oleg Storchevoy, the deputy head of Rosaviatsia, the agency representing Russia in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash investigation, published on Russia Today website a response to the relatives of the victims in a lengthy letter. The next of kin did not receive a personal letter by email or letter.

The letter of the next of kin was dated January 5, 2016.

John Kerry responsed by a letter dated March 7 2016. The letter is here. 

/two months later Kerry does not answer the question about handing over radar data or satellite photos. Kerry just says that the US believes MH17 was shot down by a missile from an area controlled by the separatists.


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5 Comments on John Kerry does not answer questions of MH17 next of kin

  1. James O'Neill // March 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm // Reply

    Fred Westerbeke wrote a letter to the Dutch families of the MH17 tragedy. He was much more circumspect about the details than John Kerry. Westerbeke’s letter did reveal that the Americans had released their satellite data to the Dutch Security Services, although he did not disclose the evidence. Non-disclosure in these circumstances is itself highly significant.

    I discuss this and related details in an article published a few days ago in New Eastern Outlook which your readers may find of interest.

    • Liane Theuer // March 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm // Reply

      James, may be the data came from an undetected satellite :

      But I agree with you, that it is more likely the data contradict the previous narrative.

      If the JIT is not able to determine the exact launch location without the satellite data, then they will have a big problem at any court.

    • James O’Neill: “Australia Still Reluctant to Disclose MH17 Information”

    • Hector Reban // March 27, 2016 at 10:08 am // Reply

      In fact Westerbeke letter says two things:

      1. The US handed over ¨data¨ [unspecified; HR] that ¨possibly¨ might say something about missile trajectory;

      ¨De Amerikaanse autoriteiten beschikken over data, afkomstig van hun eigen veiligheidsdiensten, die mogelijk informatie zouden kunnen geven over een raketbaan.¨

      2. The JIT has no satellite images of the launch on the 17th, but they do got imagery of the days before and after.

      ¨Daarnaast zijn er ook satellietgegevens beschikbaar over de situatie op de grond. Het JIT heeft tot op heden geen satellietbeelden van de lancering van de raket. Vanwege bewolking zijn geen bruikbare beelden beschikbaar van de afvuurlocatie op het dagdeel waarin de MH17 werd neergeschoten. Wel zijn er beelden beschikbaar van vlak voor en na 17 juli 2014 die bijdragen aan het onderzoek.¨

      So if the US gave satellite data of the 17th, it was not of any use.

  2. Robert Parry’s coverage of Kerry’s non-response to Thomas Schansman’s letter is a must read.

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