Russia has stated that it can no longer continue trilateral consultations with Australia and the Netherlands over the MH17 plane crash. This was stated by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.
The Russian side claims that Australia and the Netherlands "do not seek to understand" the real cause of the plane crash, but only aim to "obtain a guilty plea from Russia and receive compensation for the relatives of the dead."
"In July, the Netherlands filed an interstate complaint against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). We consider this step as another blow to Russian-Dutch relations as well as a demonstration of the Hague's firm intention, contrary to common sense, to continue the vicious path of unilaterally blaming Russia for what happened in the air over Donbas," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, one of the accused in the MH17 plane crash case, Oleh Pulatov, plans to prove his innocence in court.
"Pulatov wants to speak on these issues and wants to appear before this court, but we are against it. His photo was widely circulated, and it would be unsafe for him to appear here, also bearing in mind that there is an international request for his arrest," his lawyer stated.