Netherlands, Australia officially accuse Russia of MH17 plane crash

Source : 112 Ukraine

As for today, a few ways to bring Russia to the responsibility exist
13:16, 25 May 2018

The Netherlands and Australia have officially accused Russia of the crash of the MH17 plane as it is reported on the website of the Netherlands' government.

According to the statement, both states made a decision on this issue and reported Russia about it.

'The government has always said that the truth surrounding the MH17 disaster had to be brought to light and that justice must be achieved for the victims and their next of kin. The Netherlands has the support of the international community in this respect. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are now convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17. The government is now taking the next step by formally holding Russia accountable', Stef Blok, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands said.

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It is noted that the bringing of Russia to the responsibility is a complex legal process and a few ways for this exist for today.

'The Netherlands and Australia today asked Russia to enter into talks aimed at finding a solution that would do justice to the tremendous suffering and damage caused by the downing of MH17. A possible next step is to present the case to an international court or organisation for their judgment', the message said.

Both countries urged Russia to assume responsibility and cooperate in the investigation.

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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.

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

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.   

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