The Netherlands does not plan to hold Ukraine accountable for open airspace in July 2014, when flight MH17 was shot down over Donbas. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Stef Blok, reports NU.
He added that the Netherlands does not have enough evidence to hold Ukraine legally responsible for the incomplete closure of the airspace. Moreover, according to an independent investigation, Ukraine did not know that civil aviation was in danger.
"Not enough evidence was found to indicate that the Ukrainian authorities at that time, responsible for the safety of civil aviation in eastern Ukraine, were aware of the threat to civil aviation with the exception of that part of the airspace that had already been closed," the statement said.
It should be noted that the investigation began in October 2019. Then the Netherlands turned to Russia and Ukraine with a request for cooperation.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people onboard - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster in terms of the number of deaths was the largest in the history of aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.
On July 10, the Netherlands filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation in the European Court of Human Rights. Individual complaints from relatives of those killed in the crash and the lawsuit of the government of the country were combined.
Ukraine and other members of the Joint Investigation Group demand that the Russian Federation acknowledge its responsibility for the tragedy, fulfill its international obligations, in particular UN Security Council Resolution 2166, and cooperate with the investigation.