Meeting between Dutch ambassador, Russia today on MH17 investigation
Russia summoned the Dutch ambassador in Moscow to a meeting on Monday to discuss the MH17 criminal investigation. The Russian Foreign Ministry wants to explain why the government does not accept the preliminary conclusions of the investigation, NU.nl reports. On Wednesday last week the Joint Investigation Team revealed that BUK missile that shot down flight MH17 was fired from a Ukrainian field controlled by pro-Russian separatists. There is also convincing evidence to show the missile traveled from Russia to the Ukraine and then back to Russia after the passenger plane was downed. Almost immediately after the JIT's presentation, Russia expressed doubts about the integrity of the investigation, calling it incomplete and questioning its independence. On Friday Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador in The Hague to make clear that "such baseless criticism is unacceptable". The Dutch ambassador will use Monday's meeting to convey the same message, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said to broadcaster NOS. "Spreading nonsense about this investigation must stop, we don't accept doubts about its independence", Rutte said. Rutte was in South Korea when the JIT presented its preliminary conclusions. "I did not have to follow the presentation on a website. All international television broadcasters showed it live.The world is very interested due to a deep commitment to the survivors. We now expect the Russians to cooperate with the further process. The spreading of nonsense on the quality of the investigation must stop."