Dutch sum­mon Rus­sian am­bas­sador over MH17 com­ments

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DUTCH For­eign Min­is­ter Bert Koen­ders sum­moned Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador over “un­ac­cept­able” com­ments by Moscow crit­i­cis­ing a re­port into the down­ing of flight MH17, of­fi­cials said.

“Re­spond­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion of the ini­tial find­ings ... spokesper­sons for the Krem­lin and the Rus­sian for­eign min­istry and de­fence min­istry ques­tioned the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, in­tegrity and in­de­pen­dence of the Dutch pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice,” the Dutch for­eign min­istry said.

“The Rus­sian am­bas­sador was in­formed that un­sub­stan­ti­ated crit­i­cism like this is un­ac­cept­able,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

Moscow had de­scribed as “bi­ased” and “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated” the ini­tial find­ings by a Dutch-led team of in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors which con­cluded that the Malaysia Air­lines flight was shot down by a mis­sile trans­ported from Rus­sia.

The Boe­ing 777 pas­sen­ger jet was blown out of the sky on July 17, 2014, over war-torn eastern Ukraine killing all 298 on board, the ma­jor­ity Dutch cit­i­zens.

Crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Nether­lands, Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Malaysia and Ukraine said they had “ir­refutable ev­i­dence” that a BUK mis­sile slammed into the plane and was fired from a field in a part of eastern Ukraine then con­trolled by pro-Rus­sian rebels.

But the find­ings stopped short of di­rectly ac­cus­ing Moscow of in­volve­ment in the tragedy. –

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