Netherlands summons Russian envoy over MH17 crash probe criticism

The Dutch Foreign Ministry has summoned Russia's ambassador to the Netherlands following Moscow's criticism of a criminal probe into the downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

On releasing its long-awaited conclusions earlier in the week, the Dutch-led team of investigators said that the Buk missile that downed the plane had been brought into the conflict zone from Russia.

Flight MH17 was carrying 298 people, all of whom were killed in the crash.

Russia quickly rejected the findings as "politically motivated." It has repeatedly denied that pro-Russian separatists fighting in the region were behind the crash, instead blaming the Ukrainian military.

"Unfounded criticism against the investigators is unacceptable," Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said on Friday in The Hague.

Koenders insisted that the team had carried out its research without bias.

Russia nonetheless responded positively to the request, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying: "Dialogue is always good."

Last update: Fri, 30/09/2016 - 17:58

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