NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini called in two separate statements on Russia to accept responsibility for the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in Donbas and cooperate in the investigation of the crash.
“I call on Russia to accept responsibility and fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.
“The downing of MH17 was a global tragedy, and those responsible must be held accountable. NATO has repeatedly expressed its full support for the efforts undertaken by the Dutch authorities and others to shed light on what happened on that terrible day, and to achieve justice for the 298 people who were killed and their loved ones,” the statement went on.
Federica Mogherini stated on the same note. “The European Union reiterates its full support for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166, which demands that those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability,” the statement said.
Yesterday’s interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the downing of MH17 concluded that the missile launcher used to shoot down the plane originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Russia’s Kursk.
The international investigation team includes experts from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the allegations as groundless. The Defence Ministry said that the Russian military have not been involved in the downing of the liner.
Boeing 777, on the MH17 route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down in the sky above Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. On its board were 298 people, all of them were killed.