A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Russia said on Tuesday that "too much energy" has been spent trying to discover who is responsible for the terrorist attack on a Malaysian airlines flight last year that killed nearly 300 people.
"My heart goes out to the victims of MH17," said Will Stevens in a since-deleted tweet Tuesday morning. "Too much energy spent trying to cast blame."
Other twitter users captured screenshots of the tweet before it was deleted:
Stevens’ comments came shortly after Dutch investigators released long-awaited findings on the attack, which found that it was shot down by a Russian-made missile. The investigators did not blame the Russian government for the attack, saying that was a question for criminal investigators.
Stevens clarified his comments in a follow-up tweet. "We continue to support efforts to hold accountable those responsible for the 298 passengers and crew killed," he said.