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Participants in the EU summit on Friday, October 16, called on the Russian authorities to resume trilateral negotiations with Australia and the Netherlands on the destruction of the Malaysian Boeing flying MH17 in the skies over Donbas. The 298 people who died in July 2014 and their relatives deserve justice, Brussels said. The EU supports all efforts to establish truth and accountability, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution.

Russia on the eve refused to participate in trilateral consultations with Australia and the Netherlands. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered Moscow’s further participation in the talks senseless. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Australia and the Netherlands are not seeking to understand what happened, but “are only aiming to get Russia to confess guilt and receive compensation for the relatives of the victims.”







The Netherlands’ claim against Russia at the ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) filed a Dutch lawsuit against Russia in July over the MH17 disaster. According to the Dutch authorities, the Russian government is responsible for the deaths of 298 people on board the aircraft, and also violated a number of articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. Earlier, claims against Russia were received by the ECHR from the relatives of the victims.

Russia does not consider itself involved in the crash

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a rocket on July 17, 2014 over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. All people on board were killed, two thirds of them were Dutch nationals.

The Buk anti-aircraft missile system, from which the plane was shot down, was delivered to the pro-Russian separatists from the base of the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, located near Kursk, follows from the report of the International Investigative Group on the disaster. Moscow denies any involvement in the plane crash. Since March 2020, the District Court of The Hague has been conducting proceedings in the case of the downed airliner.

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