Interfax: Moscow expects Boeing flight recorders to be given to ICAO experts – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. July 22 (Interfax) – Moscow is satisfied with the southeastern Ukraine militia giving flight recorders of the crashed plane to Malaysian representatives and expects they will be transferred in the future to the international expert group under the aegis of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its website.

“We express satisfaction due to the fact that militia transferred flight recorders to Malaysian representatives. We expect that in the future they will be given to the international expert group under the aegis of the ICAO, in whose work Russia is ready to participate,” the document said.

Following work of the contact group for Ukraine, practical issues, related to sending to Kharkiv remains of those killed in plane crash, have been resolved, the Foreign Ministry said.

“We are certain that this will assist holding an unbiased and objective investigation of reasons behind the Malaysian Boeing catastrophe in the sky above Ukraine,” the statement said.

“At that, we are convinced that ceasing battle actions in the plane crash area, as well as in eastern Ukraine in general, would become a guarantee for not repeating such tragedies and would save lives of civilians,” the Foreign Ministry said.