Russia, Netherlands privately discuss downing of Malaysian MH17

The Netherlands and Russia are currently discussing the investigation into the crash of Malaysian Boeing MH-17 in 2014, reported Interfax.

Renee Jones-Bos, Dutch Envoy to Russia, told the reporters that the Netherlands has been “in contact with the interested parties in Russia, which are also dealing with the issue,” noting that the “parties do not share information with the outside world.”

Previously Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Glushko also said that the countries were consulting. “Such consultations are taking place,” he said. «But we have agreed to maintain confidentiality in this process.”

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, reportedly held secret talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin weeks ago.

The MH-17 was downed in July of 2014 over eastern Ukraine, leaving no survivors. Most of the 298 victims were Dutch. The tragedy has been investigated by the Joint Investigation Team, which concluded that Russia should be held accountable for the downing of the Boeing 777. However, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that “from the very beginning it became a political issue on how to accuse Russia of wrongdoing,” noting that “so far, there is no proof” of Russian guilt, “only hearsay.”

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