10 July 202018:44

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the Netherlands’ decision to file an interstate lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation in connection with the MH17 crash


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We see The Hague’s decision to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the Malaysian Boeing crash as another blow to Russian-Dutch relations. From the very beginning, The Hague took the path of placing all the blame on Russia for the crash of flight MH17. As the events of the past six years since the tragedy have shown, the Netherlands acted not in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2166 but exclusively within the framework of anti-Russian logic, to which both the technical and criminal investigations were subordinated. All evidence, testimony and expert assessments that ran counter to the pre-selected scenario of what happened in July 2014 in the sky over eastern Ukraine were rejected.

We believe that this step will only lead to further politicisation and complicate the search for the truth.

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