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The ECHR Has Registered A Claim Of The Netherlands Against Russia Over The Crash Of A Boeing In Ukraine

The ECHR Has Registered A Claim Of The Netherlands Against Russia Over The Crash Of A Boeing In Ukraine

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) registered a claim of the Netherlands against the Russian Federation in connection with the crash of a Boeing in Ukraine in July 2014, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the court.

"The Dutch government has applied to the ECHR against Russia," the court was told; this is due to the crash on July 17, 2014, of a Boeing flying MH17 over the territory of Eastern Ukraine." "The interstate application was registered under the number 28525/20," the representative of the court noted.

As explained in the ECHR, the Dutch government claims that the plane was shot down from an anti-aircraft installation "Buk," which allegedly belonged to Russia. "The Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the destruction of the plane," the court added.

Position of Russia

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that the Hague's decision to appeal to the ECHR in connection with the crash of the Malaysian Boeing is another blow to Russian - Dutch relations. According to her, "this step will only lead to further politicization and make it difficult to find the truth." In this regard, Zakharova drew attention to the fact that the Hague from the very beginning took the path of unilaterally placing blame on Russia for the crash of flight MH17. She explained that the events of the past six years since the tragedy have shown that " the Netherlands did not act in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166, but exclusively within the framework of anti-Russian logic, which was subject to both technical and criminal investigations." She pointed out that "all the evidence, evidence, and expert assessments that went against the pre-selected scenario of what happened in July 2014 in the sky over Eastern Ukraine were rejected."

About the plane crash

The passenger "Boeing-777 " of the company "Malaysian airlines," operating flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17, 2014, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. The victims of the plane crash were 298 people-citizens of 10 States. A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was set up to investigate the tragedy, which included representatives from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine. In June 2019, experts said they had identified a group of four individuals suspected of involvement in the incident, three of whom are Russian citizens, and the fourth has Ukrainian citizenship. Their trial began in the Netherlands on March 9. Russian officials have repeatedly expressed distrust of the SSG, pointed to the baselessness of the prosecution's arguments, and the reluctance to use the Russian side's conclusions in the course of the investigation.

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