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Dutch parliament supports decision on Russia's responsibility for MH17 plane crash

The States General supported the decision of the Dutch and Australian governments
19:37, 1 June 2018

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The States General of the Netherlands has unanimously voted in the affirmative for the decision of the Dutch and Australian governments to recognize Russia's responsibility for the MH17 plane crash in Donbas in 2014 as NOS reported.

It is stated that Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhouse participated in the debates.

'The States General of the Netherlands has unanimously voted in the affirmative for the decision of the Dutch and Australian governments to recognize Russia's responsibility for the MH17 plane crash', the title reported.

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It is specified that the MPs called this decision 'right, logical and courageous'.

Also, the MPs had the questions for Belgium and Malaysia who have not joined the decision of the Netherlands and Australia even if they had lost their citizens in the catastrophe.

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At the same time, the number of the opposition parties, such as 'Forum for democracy', PVV, CDA and SP, is also interested in the establishment whether Ukraine is also partially responsible. Particularly, Raymond de Roon, the representative of right-wing populist 'Party for Freedom' reminded that the Ukrainian special services published the record of the militants on the transfer of 'Buk' to Donbas the day before the tragedy.

'The aim of the 'Buk's'' supply is shelling, not showing at the square', he noted, claiming that Ukraine, possessing such data, had to restrict the flight area. It was not done, so the part of the responsibility lies with Ukraine as the opposition parties think.

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Dutch Foreign Minister Blok rejected this argument claiming that the record of the call cannot be enough evidence of the partial responsibility of Ukraine and offered to wait for the conclusions of the united investigative group. However, he does not belie the possibility of Ukraine's recognition as partially responsible.

Bloc also noted that the Netherlands will become another goal for the Russian propaganda and threats after the adoption of such decision; however, he feels the support of the international community and is sure that it is necessary to continue putting pressure on Russia.

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As is known, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, when it crashed in the militant-held area of Donetsk region in July 2014. The aircraft carried 298 people; no one survived. Experts found out that the passenger plane was shot down by a missile, fired from Buk, the Russia-made anti-aircraft missile launcher. The weapon was brought to Donbas by pro-Kremlin militants. Moscow has been denying any ties to the disaster.

As we reported the investigators from the Netherlands found another confirmation that MH17 plane was shot down from Russian 'Buk' missile system. Particularly, they got fingerprints from the ammunition.

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He added that 'the investigations confirmed that the plane was shot down from 'Buk' transferred from Russia to the uncontrolled territory'.

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