In his interviews with Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin cited the discredited ‘Spanish dispatcher’ rumor when blaming Ukraine for the MH17 crash
When meeting for interviews with American filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the widely discredited reports that a Spanish air traffic controller at Kiev’s airport Borispol supposedly witnessed two Ukrainian fighter jets near Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, three minutes before it disappeared from radars and crashed in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.
Putin’s remarks to Stone, made on July 4, 2015, will appear in a book published next month titled “An Interview With Vladimir Putin,” according to the Russian television network Dozhd, which obtained an advance copy of the book.
“As far as I know, immediately after this terrible catastrophe, one of the Ukrainian air traffic controllers — I believe he’s a specialist of Spanish origin — announced that he’d seen a fighting machine in the vicinity of this civilian airliner. The only fighting machine that could have been in that area would have been Ukrainian,” Putin said.
The Russian president also argued that, if the passenger jet had been hit by a rocket fired from the ground, it could only have come from a position controlled by the Ukrainian army. “As for the Buk [missile] system, a land-to-air system, according to our experts, and not just our state intelligence services but also our ballistics experts, the plane was hit in the tail,” Putin elaborated.
It is unclear why this exchange never aired in Oliver Stone’s interview series, broadcast on the premium cable channel Showtime.