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Netherlands unhappy with Tsemakh not being mentioned in EU statement

There are doubts if the talks can be continued now, - Radio Liberty
17:28, 12 September 2019

Volodymyr Tsemakh
Radio Liberty

The Netherlands is dissatisfied about the EU statement that did not mention Volodymyr Tsemakh, the major suspect in the MH17 case. Rikard Jozwiak, the Brussels-based correspondent of Radio Liberty reported that on Twitter.

"The Dutch brought up the issue of Tsemakh among EU ambassadors yesterday expressing great concern & were critical that it wasn't mentioned in the EU statement. but it is unlikely that there will be further talks on this for now", he wrote.

Earlier, Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy called the mutual release of detained people in Ukraine and Russia "a good impetus", which the sides could use for further progress on the way to peace. This statement did not include any references to Tsemakh.

Related: Netherlands reclassifies Donbas militant Tsemakh from witness at MH17 case to suspect

Tsemakh was detained by Ukraine's special forces in his apartment in Snizhne, Donetsk region, deep in the rear of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic". The special operation took June 27. The man, who appeared to be the commander of the AA defense of the self-proclaimed "people's republic" was charged with membership in a terrorist organization and, later, with involvement in a terrorist act. The investigation found out that he was among those behind the downing of MH17.

September 7, Ukraine passed Tsemakh to Russia within the exchange campaign - in spite of the fact that 40 European politicians signed the appeal to President to Ukraine, asking him not to extradite the main suspect in the MH17 tragedy. 

Related: MH17 case suspect Tsemakh returns from Russia to occupied Donbas

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