Russia’s Foreign Ministry believes it’s “impossible” for Moscow to proceed consultations with the Netherlands and Australia on the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, as they aren’t fascinated with uncovering the reality.
Instead, in a Thursday morning assertion, Russian diplomats accused the 2 international locations of looking for solely guilty Moscow, and arriving on the course of with a preconceived consequence. It added that Russia agreed to trilateral consultations two years in the past, hoping that these would assist set up, primarily based on exhausting details, the true causes behind the 2014 tragedy. The Boeing 777 crash, which occurred six years in the past, through the sizzling part of the warfare in Eastern Ukraine, took 298 lives, with 193 victims from the Netherlands and 27 from Australia.But, in line with the ministry, the Dutch and Australian governments had different targets in thoughts, as they solely needed “Russia to be declared the guilty party and compensation paid to the relatives of those that died,” the assertion outlined.
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In July this yr, the Netherlands filed a swimsuit towards Russia on the European Court of Human Rights, alleging that Moscow had performed an element within the downing of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft. Only three rounds of consultations had been held as much as that time, however the Dutch authorities made the move with out even ready for the preliminary outcomes from these.“Such unfriendly actions of the Netherlands make trilateral consultations and our participation in them pointless,” Moscow insisted, including that the blame for the failure of the method lay completely with The Hague.Russia isn’t curbing all contacts with the Netherlands on the problem, nonetheless. Its cooperation with Dutch officers on the MH17 tragedy will proceed, however in different codecs, the ministry mentioned. Moscow denies any involvement within the downing of the aircraft, and regards the discovering of the Dutch-led probe by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) into the incident as politically biased.
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The JIT dominated that Flight MH17 was shot down by a Soviet-made Buk air protection system, and claimed that rebels preventing the post-Maidan authorities in Kiev, within the Donbass Region, had obtained the system from Russia. Moscow insisted that the probe ignored a big batch of information on the crash that Russia was keen to offer, as an alternative relying largely on the proof from Ukraine, and on ‘open-source’ info equivalent to clips of purported proof posted on social media.The materials within the JIT’s case additionally lacked essential information from Ukrainian radars and from photographs made by US satellites, which Kiev and Washington respectively mentioned they couldn’t present. Another query that had been raised by Moscow is why the Ukrainian authorities hadn’t moved to shut the airspace over an lively warfare zone in Donbass.Think your folks would have an interest? Share this story!