Russia has announced the impossibility of continuing participation in the tripartite consultations with Australia and the Netherlands to investigate the crash of the Malaysian plane flight MH17 in Donbas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation published the relevant statement.

At the same time, the Russian government blames The Hague for the official disruption of tripartite consultations. In particular, the statement mentions the Netherlands’ July decision to file a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the shooting down of the aircraft over Donbas.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that “such unfriendly actions of the Netherlands make no sense to continue the tripartite consultations and our participation in them.”

The Russian side also states that the Dutch authorities protect their “momentary political interests in the investigation of the MH17 disaster, hiding shamelessly behind the need to protect the plane crash victims’ relatives’ rights.”

In turn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on 15 October discussed with Stef Blok, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Russian Federation leaving the tripartite consultations with the Netherlands and Australia on international legal responsibility for the shooting down of the aircraft. This was reported by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry

“Russia’s exit from consultations on MH17 is an evidence of its fear of the truth about what happened on 17 July 2014 in the sky over Donbas,” Dmitry Kuleba said.

The Minister stressed that Ukraine has always been open to co-operation and provided all necessary information to the Dutch authorities in this case.

The ministers agreed to continue co-operation in order to establish justice and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Stef Blok praised Ukraine’s accession as a third party to the Netherlands’ interstate lawsuit against the Russian Federation in the European Court of Human Rights.

Natalia Tolub

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