Russia withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

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Russia mentioned on Thursday it could withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. The three international locations have held discussions geared toward uncovering the reason for the catastrophe since 2018.
“Hostile acts by the Netherlands have made any continuation of the trilateral consultations and our participation senseless. Australia and the Netherlands have obviously not tried to understand what really happened in summer 2014, but rather just wanted to secure a confession from Russia and compensation for the victims’ relatives”, Russia’s international ministry mentioned in an announcement.
The aircraft was shot down with a Russian-made Buk missile by pro-Russian rebels in japanese Ukraine, and resulted within the dying of 298 civilians, two-thirds of which had been Dutch. A Dutch court docket started legal proceedings in opposition to them in March. Investigators say they’ve proof the Buk missile system got here from a army base in Russia. Moscow has denied any involvement within the downing of the flight.
Three Russians and one Ukrainian are charged with a number of counts of homicide over the downing of the aircraft. All suspects are believed to be in Russia.
Prosecutors mentioned the 4 males are: Igor Girkin, a former colonel in Russia’s FSB intelligence service, Sergei Dubinsky, employed by Russia’s GRU army intelligence company, Oleg Pulatov, allegedly a former soldier with GRU particular forces, and Leonid Kharchenko, a Ukrainian nationwide with no army background who led a fight unit as a commander in Eastern Ukraine.
If convicted, the suspects might face sentences of as much as life in jail. However, they’re unlikely to be extradited, as Russia’s structure doesn’t allow the extradition of its personal nationals.
On Thursday, Moscow mentioned it would proceed its cooperation within the investigation, however “in a different format”.
Dutch international minister Stef Blok mentioned that “The Netherlands greatly regrets this decision,” including: “It is extremely painful for the survivors”.