Russia waived Brazilian help in the investigation of the crash of the Embraer plane that resulted in the death of the head of the Wagner group, Yevgueny Prigozhin, last Wednesday (23). The Kremlin has stated that Moscow will not carry out the investigation into the incident in line with international rules.
“This is precisely our Russian investigation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, adding that “one cannot speak of some kind of international investigation”.
Furthermore, the spokesperson stated that an international investigation cannot be carried out as one of the main versions considered in this incident is of “deliberate actions”.
“Obviously, there are different versions, including a deliberate atrocity, so to speak,” added Peskov.
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The comment came after the information that the Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Cenipa), from Brazil, and Embraer had expressed their willingness to collaborate in the investigation with the Russian authorities, if they received the appropriate invitation from the competent body and if the investigation was conducted in accordance with international rules.
At the same time, the head of Cenipa, Marcelo Moreno, previously emphasized that the Russian Aviation Committee is not obliged to invite the Brazilian side, but if such an invitation was received, it would be accepted.
“The Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Cenipa) informs that the Interstate Aviation Committee – Commission on Accident Investigation, a Russian agency, communicated this Tuesday (29) that, at the moment, an investigation will not be opened according to the precepts of the Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, of which Brazil is a signatory”, declared Moreno.
The Russian body, in turn, said that, according to the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization, if an emergency occurs on a domestic flight, international rules do not apply to it.
The Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 650 aircraft carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed in the Tver region on the night of August 23. Last Sunday (27), genetic tests confirmed that the body of the head of the Wagner group was among the victims of the plane crash.
The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case for violation of the rules on traffic safety and operation of air transport. However, there is speculation that the crash of the aircraft could have been caused by an explosion on board. The Kremlin denies any involvement, calling such “speculations” “an absolute lie”.
Editing: Thales Schmidt