Netherlands demanded Russian ambassador to explain criticism of MH17 investigation


As reported by Reuters, Dutch Foreign Ministry rebuked the Russian ambassador in the Hague after Moscow criticized the investigation of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Donbas.

“We made it clear to the Russian ambassador that such unjustified criticism is unacceptable,” said in a statement the Foreign Ministry.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders said, the Russian response to the findings of the investigation “casts doubt on the integrity, professionalism, and independence of investigators”.

The Kremlin said that calling the Russian ambassador to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is good news.

“This is very good news. No doubts, the head of our diplomatic mission in the Netherlands will provide all the considerations on our position,” said the president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, adding that “a dialogue is always a good thing”.

On September 28, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) published a report with the results of investigation of the crash of the flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines. It states that the airliner was shot down with a BUK missile, brought from Russia to the Ukrainian village of Snizhne, and then taken back.

Commenting on the results of the investigation, Moscow accused investigators of being biased and politically motivated. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the report findings are “preliminary”, and the arguments of the investigators can not be considered “the final truth”.