In the press and also by the Dutch Safety Board the impression is given to the public that the Russian Federation had said something while in fact the press published something. We have to make sure we are not mixing stuff.
A perfect example of misunderstanding is the public presentation by DSB board member Marjolein van Asselt at November 2 in Amsterdam.
Joost Niemoller asked a question to one of the presenters. The presenter had said that Russian Federation agreed MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile. Niemoller asked for a source. The presenter admited he did not have a clear source and had to look it up.
Then DSB board member Van Asselt responded (she was not part of the panel). She explained that all statements of members of an investigation team are automatically the statement of the state. In this case Almaz Antey had confirmed in DSB meetings that MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile. “This implies according Annex 13 that the Russian Federation agrees MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile” quoting Van Asselt.
However, if we look at Annex 13 we get a different view.
Lets first look at who were member of the team of the Russian Federation in the DSB lead investigation. The names are not made public.
We know a couple of experts were part of the Russian team. We know an employee of Almaz Antey was member.
I requested DSB to inform about which organizations participated in the team representing the Russian Federation. During the three progress meetings 6 to 7 persons attended. The worked for :
- accredited representative: Federal Air Transport Agency FATA (Rosaviatsiya) (my guess 4 persons)
- advisers : GKOVD (organization for Air Traffic Control in Russia) (my guess 1 person)
- advisers : JSC Concern Almaz-Antey (my guess 1 -2 person)
Participation of GKOVD was because DSB wanted to obtain radar recordings
Participation of Almaz-Antey was because of knowledge of the weapon system BUK