Dutch summon Russian ambassador over MH17 comments
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. –