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MH17: Dutch MFA summons Russian ambassador to explain Moscow's withdrawal from consultations

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Dutch government regrets about the Kremlin's move; Amsterdam hopes to continue negotiations so as to find the solution and compensate sufferings and damage done by the disaster of the civilian aircraft that took place in 2014
08:05, 16 October 2020

The crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777 (Flight MH17)
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The Dutch Foreign Ministry summoned Aleksandr Shulgin, the Russian ambassador due to Moscow's decision to breach contacts with Amsterdam in consultations about the responsibility for the MH17 downing. This is mentioned in the letter written by Foreign Minister Stef Blok, which he sent to the Chamber of Representatives of the Dutch Parliament.

"Today, Russian ambassador was summoned to Foreign Ministry, and this message was passed to him, too", reads Blok's letter.

The document also says that the Dutch government regrets about Russia's move. Amsterdam intends to continue negotiations so as to find the solution that would allow to "compensate the huge suffering and damage caused by the MH17 flight catastrophe". 

Related: MH17 case: Russia to refrain from tripartite consultations with Australia, Netherlands

The Netherlands and Australia jointly recognized Russia's responsibility for the disaster. Blok specified that the negotiations with Russian have been underway since 2019.

Earlier, the Russian side claimed that any further talks with the Netherlands and Australia "didn't make any sense" because both countries were "biased, holding on to certain political agenda".

Related: One of accused in MH17 case plans to prove his innocence in court

 

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