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The Netherlands will notify Russia of shooting MH17 in Ukraine at the ECHR

July 10, 2020

The Dutch government announced this Friday that it would bring Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) because it is allegedly responsible for the 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shootout in eastern Ukraine that ended the life of 298 People – mainly Dutch – who traveled on board the plane.

The Dutch authorities have opted for an intergovernmental lawsuit demanding justice for victims, “the Dutch government’s top priority,” said Foreign Minister Stef Blok. “With this step, we are moving towards this goal today,” he added in a statement.

The Mark Rutte executive agrees to provide the ECHR with “all available and relevant information” about the demolition in its possession and “to provide maximum support for the processes that have been initiated by relatives of victims before the court,” in Strasbourg.

The Netherlands will notify Russia of shooting MH17 in Ukraine at the ECHRThe Netherlands will notify Russia of shooting MH17 in Ukraine at the ECHR

The Dutch authorities hope to continue their encounters with the Russians to “find a solution that does justice to the tremendous suffering and harm caused by the downing of flight MH17” that occurred on July 17, almost six years ago 2014 took place. Moscow has always denied any responsibility for the case.

A Dutch court launched the rebellious trial of three Russian and one Ukrainian citizens in March for suspected involvement in the demolition that took place in part of the Donbass region in connection with the separatist war. The missile system used to launch the aircraft came from the Russian armed forces.