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Netherlands wants to investigate Ukraine's involvement in MH17 disaster

Foreign Minister of the Netherlands said the government saw no legal justification for it but did not object to further investigations
12:15, 2 October 2019

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MPs of the House of Representatives, which is the lower party of Dutch parliament, require the government of the country to investigate Ukraine's role in the crash of the MH17 flight in the Donbas more closely. Local edition Nos.nl reports about it.

It is noted that the MPs are interested in the issue of airspace’s closure over Donbas at the time of the disaster.

Stef Blok, the Dutch Foreign Minister, stated that the government saw no legal justification to do so, but did not object to the consideration of the possibility of further investigation. 

Related: Five years after MH17 tragedy in Donbas

It is worth mentioning that there will be difficulties with the study of the facts since this will also require cooperation with Russia.

"It's about their airspace," Blok added.

As we reported earlier, Boeing-777 of Malaysia Airlines flying MN17 Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was shot down in the sky over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on its board, all of whom were killed.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which includes prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies from Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Malaysia, as well as EU officials, concluded that an M17 airliner had been hit by a 9M38 missile launched from a self-propelled BUK-TELAR fire unit from an agricultural field next to the village of Pervomaisk. The area was under the control of mercenaries at that time.

In the summer of 2018, the Netherlands government withdrew responsibility for the MH17 disaster from Ukraine.

Related: Netherlands appeal to Russian Prosecutor's Office on MH17 witness Tsemakh questioning

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