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The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

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Dutch in talks with Russia about MH17 tragedy

The Dutch government has met with Russian officials to discuss responsibility of the downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said last Wednesday. All 298 people aboard the flight were killed on the aircraft, which was meant to land in Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam in 2014. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine shot down the plane when it traveled over their territory. 

The first trilateral meeting has recently taken place,” Blok told reporters in Sydney, according to Reuters. “We cannot go into the content of the process because confidentiality is vital here, but I can say this—we remain committed to achieving truth, justice and accountability.” 

The Dutch government had said in 2018 that it would hold Russia responsible for the downing of the flight. Investigators traced the missile allegedly used in the attack to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, a group based in Russia. This finding fuelled the Dutch decision to attribute responsibility to Russia. But, at the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin disagreed on the missile’s origin. 

Australia, which is also in talks with Russia about Malaysian Flight 17, said it will seek damages for families of 38 citizens who were killed from the attack.


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