State Commission For Investigating Causes Of Tu-154 Crash Examines All Versions Including Possible Ties Between Catastrophe And Ukrainian Anti-missile Training Exercises

The State Commission for investigating causes of the Tu-154 crash with the active participation of the Defence Ministry is examining all the versions of the catastrophe, "including its possible ties with the Ukrainian anti-missile training exercises," Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov told journalists Saturday, RIA Novosti correspondent reports. According to the minister, on Saturday he reported to Vladimir Putin about the data on these exercises Ukraine had presented to Russia. "The president was not satisfied with the data for they were not detailed," Ivanov said. In this connection the Russian Defence Minister made "an urgent inquiry" to his Ukrainian counterpart Alexander Kuzmuk "with the request to submit additional technical information on the launching of S-200 rockets at 1:41 p.m., Moscow time, October 4." Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Leonid Kuchma agreed by telephone that Ukraine would send its experts on air accidents to Sochi, Sergei Ivanov said. The delegation of Israeli experts is to arrive in Sochi Sunday on the invitation of the Russian president, Ivanov added.

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