MH17 — Tensions Increasing Between Russia and the Netherlands

  • The consultations pertaining the MH-17 incident broke down with Russia.
  • Russia does not see any point in participating in the trilateral consultations with the Australia and Netherlands.
  • In July, the Netherlands filed an interstate complaint with the ECHR against Russia in connection with the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in the Donbas region.

Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, was summoned to the Dutch Foreign Ministry after Russia decided not to participate in trilateral consultations on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014. That’s according to a message from the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Stef Blok, to the Dutch Parliament.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed.

Furthermore, Russia does not see any point in participating in the trilateral consultations with Australia and the Netherlands. It should be noted that the consultations started in 2018 pertaining to the crash of MH17. It was shot down on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed.

Moreover, the Kremlin is blaming The Hague for the breakdown. According to the Russian side, it was assumed  that it “will contribute to establishing the true causes of the plane crash based on facts.” In total, three rounds of negotiations were held.

In July, the Netherlands filed an interstate complaint with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia in connection with the crash of the plane in the Donbas region.

The Russian Foreign Ministry regards this step as “unfriendly actions,” and “another blow to Russian-Dutch relations and a demonstration by the Hague of a firm intention, contrary to common sense, to continue the vicious path of unilaterally placing responsibility for what happened in the sky over the Donbass on Russia.”

The Kremlin believes that The Hague filed this claim “without even waiting for the interim results of consultations.” Its decision makes it meaningless to continue the trilateral consultations and Russia’s participation in them.

Sergey Lavrov is a Russian diplomat and politician. In office since 2004, he is the Foreign Minister of Russia.

“Apparently, Australia and the Netherlands did not seek to understand what really happened in the summer of 2014, but were only aimed at getting Russia to admit guilt and receive compensation for the relatives of the victims,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“We believe that ignoring any arguments and our readiness for dialogue, the Netherlands pursues exclusively opportunistic political interests, shamelessly hiding behind the need to protect the rights of close victims of the plane crash.” The Foreign Ministry concluded:

“While remaining committed to the provisions of UN security Council resolution 2166, we intend to continue to cooperate with the competent authorities of the Netherlands, including in the study of the issue of Ukraine’s non-closure of its airspace for flights of civil aircraft over the zone of armed conflict over the Donbass, but we will do this in other formats.”

Ambassador Shulgin was told that the Netherlands “deeply regrets” this “unilateral decision” by Moscow, and called for further negotiations.

The bloc also said that the Kingdom’s government has stressed several times, both in its diplomatic contacts and in contact with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, that the government attaches great importance to these three-way talks in order to find a solution.

Overall, Russia believes many western nations have been hostile against their nation.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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