The Russian government were furore and challenged the finding that a BUK missile shot downed the plane as DSB has ignored nor invited BUK missile producer; Almaz-Antey to study the materials related to the crash. Subsequently analytic findings by Rosaviatsiya (Russia’s aviation authority) and submitted to the investigators were disregarded as well.
Spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in a statement,“That is why serious doubts [exist over whether] ... the investigation conducted in the Netherlands was aimed at establishing the real causes of the plane crash, rather than justifying the previously-made accusations. We were barred from the investigation under various pretexts. And all of a sudden, Russia's cooperation became necessary after the Dutch Safety Board published the report with 'ready' conclusions,” she added.
The debacle has hindered efforts to seek closure of the tragedy, thus Malaysia recourse for prosecution with the independent international court for prevailing justice.