Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Netherlands, Australia holding Russian Federation 'accountable' for downing of MH17

10_08_MH17_Plane_01 Netherlands, Australia holding Russian Federation 'accountable' for downing of MH17
Patty Aguilar | 27 May, 2018, 21:37

Australia and the Netherlands have formally accused Russian Federation of being responsible for downing the MH17 passenger jet in 2014.

All 298 people on board the flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when the missile slammed into the plane as it flew over territory held by pro-Russian rebels.

Lavrov said his Dutch counterpart had been unable to provide evidence of Russia's involvement in the downing of the passenger plane, TASS reported.

The decision was announced in a statement from the Dutch government and by Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he had been informed by his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok that "they have practically no doubt that the BUK came from Russian Federation".

"We recall the UN Security Council's demand that 'those responsible ... be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability, '" State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

All 298 people on board were killed.

"From the very beginning, we offered to work together on the investigation into the tragedy".

Bellingcat said Ivannikov held the post during an "undercover deployment" into eastern Ukraine that began during the first half of 2014 and that he remained in eastern Ukraine until at least 2015.

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A Joint Investigation Team, drawn from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, is gathering evidence for a criminal prosecution in the downing of the plane.

He said: "Russia has turned a blind eye to chemical carnage in Syria while using cyber attacks to disrupt governments and undermine democracy".

"Not a single anti-aircraft missile system belonging to the Russian Armed Forces has ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border".

Moscow on Thursday rejected an worldwide investigation that found a Russian missile downed flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, saying no such weapon had ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border and blaming Kiev for the tragedy.

"It looks much like the Skripal affair when they said that it was "highly likely" done by Russians but Scotland Yard immediately said that the investigation is ongoing and will take some time", he told reporters. He also charged that Ukraine contributed to the tragedy by failing to ban civilian air traffic over the war zone.

Investigators Thursday called on anybody with further information on the BUK-TELAR or the missile to contact them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the media following a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May 18, 2018.

At a press conference in The Hague, citizen journalist group Bellingcat accused Russian citizen Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov of being the person of interest being sought by the Joint Investigating Team (JIT), but knew only by the code names "Orion" and "Andrey Ivanovich". The global community has witnessed this irresponsible and destabilising pattern of behaviour in Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, in its fomenting of conflict in eastern Ukraine which has led to the death of over 10,300 people, and in its shielding of President Assad's brutal regime as he uses chemical weapons against his own people.

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