The EU urges the Russian Federation to take responsibility for MH17 crash and cooperate with the investigation according to the declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
“On this day, when we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which led to the death of 298 innocent people, our hearts are with all those who lost their loved ones and we continue to share their grief,” the letter stated.
The EU states about complete support of all efforts on the establishment of the truth, justice, and responsibility for victims and their close relatives in accordance with UNSC resolution 2166.
Besides, the EU welcomes the announcement of the Joint Investigation Team on June 19, 2019, that the criminal proceedings against four people will be in the Netherlands.
“The EU calls on Russia to accept its responsibility and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation. The EU expresses its full confidence in the independence and professionalism of the legal procedures that lie ahead,” the message stated.
Earlier it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands will press charges on MH17 crash in Donbas in June, 2014 against Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Serhiy Dubynsky, Oleg Pulatov, and Leonid Kharchenko.
Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17 was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.
The governments of Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of being behind the disaster.