The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he was not sure that Russian-backed militants shot down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
The Russian military constantly denied their involvement in the downing of the Boeing 777, although Western intelligence agencies, including the U.S., believe that Moscow is complicit in the tragedy.
Despite this, the Republican candidate Donald Trump told MSNBC Live that he was not certain about who shot down the plane with 298 passengers on board.
When asked if he would hold Russia accountable for the crime committed, Trump said “They say it wasn’t them. It may have been their weapon, but they didn’t use it, they didn’t fire it, they even said the other side fired it to blame them. I mean to be honest with you, you’ll probably never know for sure.”
Trump later admitted that it “it probably was Russia”, but said that he had no desire to involve America in the events in Ukraine.
He added that “there are only a few people that know. And you know one of them could be Putin, and we know one thing: he’s not going to be talking about it.”
The Dutch Safety Board did not directly accuse Russia or pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, but stated that the Russian-made missile was fired from the territory controlled by the separatists.
In response, Russia claims that Ukrainians shot down the plane in order to discredit Moscow.