Dutch prosecution: Cooperation with Ukraine in investigating MH17 tragedy is ‘excellent’
The Dutch delegation visited Moscow on July 6-7, discussed Russian side’s assistance in the investigation
The level of cooperation of the Ukrainian authorities has not been the subject of conversation and the Dutch delegation has not made any statements on that, apart from the general fact that Ukraine’s cooperation with the international investigation group is excellent, Radio Liberty reported with the reference to om.nl.
The Dutch Prosecution Service has issued the first Letter of Request in this investigation in October 2014 and has since asked several additional questions. The Russian authorities have supplied information before, but have not answered all questions. The outstanding requests have now been discussed. The Russian authorities have repeated their intention to cooperate with the investigation and said they were aware of the necessity to promptly execute the outstanding requests, the Dutch outlet reported.
After the visit took place, Russia’s Investigative Committee claimed that the international investigative group ‘ignores’ Russia’s repreated requests to demand certain data from the Ukrainian side.
Russia, unlike Ukraine, is not a member of the investigation group, which consists of representatives from the Netherlands, Belgiun, Malaysia, Ukraine and Australia. The key task of the criminal investigation in the case is to find out who’s behind the disaster.
The group found out that the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, known as the MH17 flight, was downed from the Russian-made anti-aircraft missile launcher Buk. The plane crashed in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, on July 17, 2014.
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