Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said that Amsterdam will not stop trying to hold Russia accountable in the MH17 case. About this he wrote on twitter.
Hoekstra noted that he had “a good conversation with dear Australian colleague Penny Wong”.
The ministers, in particular, discussed the court’s decision in the MH17 case.
“This verdict was an important milestone on the path to establishing truth and justice. Australia and the Netherlands are following procedures that will hold Russia accountable for its role in the downing of MH17 in accordance with international law,” Hoekstra said.
Boeing 777 (flight MH17), flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Donbass on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members died. Among them were citizens of the Netherlands, Australia, USA, Malaysia and other countries.
In May 2018, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) stated that the liner was shot down by a Buk, which was brought to Donbass from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade near Kursk.
In the summer of 2019, the Netherlands charged three Russians in the case – Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation states that the Buks from Russia have never been transported to the Donbass. Photos of the Buk in Donbass shown by the JIT were called photoshopped by the agency. The Russian military said the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian-owned missile, which was produced in Dolgoprudny and transferred to military unit 20152 in the Carpathian region at the end of 1986.
On November 17, 2022, the District Court of The Hague found Girkin, Dubinsky and Kharchenko involved in the destruction of the Boeing 777 and sentenced them in absentia to life imprisonment. They were ordered to pay the families of the victims a total of 16 million euros.
Another person involved in the case – Russian Oleg Pulatov – was found not guilty by the court.