In connection with the start of MH17 case criminal proceedings on March 9, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne called on the Russian Federation to cooperate with the investigation. This was reported by the press service of the Canadian Foreign Ministry.
"We continue to call on all states, including Russia, to cooperate fully with the Joint Investigation Team’s [JIT’s] ongoing criminal investigation, consistent with the call for accountability and cooperation unanimously adopted in UN Security Council Resolution 2166," Champagne said.
He welcomed the start of a criminal trial of four suspects accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight on July 17, 2014.
Champagne is confident in the independence and professionalism of the international investigation and the legal system of the Netherlands.
Earlier, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office handed over to the investigation in the Netherlands all the necessary materials in the case of a Malaysian Boeing 777 shot down over Donbas.
The Netherlands rejected Moscow’s request to transfer Russia the right to try three Russian citizens identified as suspected of involvement in the 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash.
The first court hearing in the case of the Netherlands against three Russian suspects and one Ukrainian is scheduled for March 9. Four persons involved in the case may be convicted in absentia in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands.