Russian officials meet with Dutch ambassador over MH17 investigation

Russian Foreign Ministry officials met with Dutch Ambassador Renee Jones-Bos on Monday amid Russian allegations that a Dutch-led investigation of the MH17 airliner crash in eastern Ukraine has not taken into account evidence provided by Russia.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier said the ambassador was being summoned for Russia to explain the reasons why it does not accept certain results of the international investigation.

Jones-Bos said after the meeting that she would discuss it with her government, without elaborating, Russian state media reported.

Last week, investigators in the Netherlands alleged that it was a Russian missile transported into a rebel-held part of eastern Ukraine that was used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines jet two years ago, killing all 298 people aboard.

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

The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned Russia's envoy to the Netherlands. Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said the Netherlands was disturbed by Moscow's "unfounded criticism" against the investigators.

The Malaysia Airlines flight, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Ukraine's disputed Donetsk region in July 2014 amid clashes between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military. Most of the victims were Dutch.

Last update: Mon, 03/10/2016 - 17:14
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