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Buk Manufacturer Sues EU For Costs Of MH17 Test Explosion

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A screen grab displays an experiment showing what the Russians concluded happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a press conference at the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on October 15.

A screen grab displays an experiment showing what the Russians concluded happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a press conference at the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on October 15.

The Russian state-owned manufacturer of the Buk surface-to-air missile system is suing the European Union for losses sustained by sanctions imposed against the firm following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Almaz-Antey Director Yan Novikov said in an interview published in Izvestia on October 16 that the firm will also seek to recover costs incurred when it blew up a similar airliner in a test to investigate how flight MH17 was shot down.

The EU, the United States, and Ukraine believe the plane was downed by Russia-backed separatists using a Buk system provided by the Russian military.

Russia denies providing such equipment, and Almaz-Antey says its tests indicate the aircraft was shot down by an older-model Buk used by the Ukrainian military.

Novikov said Almaz-Antey will modify a suit it filed in Luxembourg in May to include compensation in the amount of $160,000 for the experiment.

MH17 was shot down over the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk in July 2014 with the loss of all 298 lives on board.

With reporting by TASS

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