Finland’s participation in the probe into the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash in 2014 in southeastern Ukraine will not put a strain on the relations between Helsinki and Moscow, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said on Friday.
“Finland and Russia are constantly engaging in bilateral talks and relations between both countries are good. I don’t believe that anything exceptional will emerge between Finland and Russia that hasn’t so far cropped up,” Soini said as quoted by Yle broadcaster.
On Wednesday, Finnish authorities confirmed, that secret missile tests were conducted in Finland two years ago as part of the ongoing investigation into the MH17 crash. According to the country’s officials, a Buk missile had been detonated by the local experts to compare the fragments with the debris which were found at the site of MH17 catastrophe. The tests results reportedly claimed, that the rocket in question was a Russian Buk.
The foreign minister said that the investigation was independent and would not damage Helsinki-Moscow ties. He noted, that the Russian side had not contacted Finland regarding the participation of Finnish experts in the probe.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with probing the crash announced on Wednesday that the MH17 airliner was allegedly downed by a Buk missile system which was brought from Russia and consequently returned there. Furthermore the investigation believes that the missile was launched by the territory controlled by the Donbas militias.
The Russian Defense Ministry cast doubt on the conclusions of the investigators, saying that no Russian missile systems, including Buk, have ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.