Ron van Dartel, the Dutch ambassador to Russia, describes the current situation caused by tensions between Russia and the Netherlands and rest of Europe as one of "undesired estrangement". These tensions have caused significant damage to trade and political relations between the Netherlands and Russia.
Fifteen months after the disaster with flight MH17, there is still a very solid chance of another airplane crash over a war zone. The European watchdog EASA will therefore present strict rules for safe routes next year, at the insistence of the Netherlands.
Dutch Safety Board chairman Tjibbe Joustra is pessimistic about the probability that those responsible for the disaster with flight MH17 will ever be punished.
According to Olexander Horin, the Ukrainian ambassador in the Netherlands, his country had no reason to close the airspace above the conflict area before the disaster with flight MH17.
The Dutch Safety Board presented its report on the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the MH17 disaster on Tuesday. Along with the final report on the investigation, victim's relatives, journalists and politicians also got a look at the reconstruction of the plane's cockpit.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17th last year. The disaster took the lives of all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch residents.
The Public Prosecutor has confirmed that the Dutch Safety Board's conclusion that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from a BUK-system is in line with what the findings of the criminal investigation indicates is the most likely scenario.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the Dutch Safety Board's report on the circumstances surrounding the disaster with flight MH17 a "penetrating and confrontational story" in his reaction to the presentation. He added that national and international lessons can be learned from the investigation, such as the necessity of safety of the airspace and the uniformity of passenger lists.
While the Dutch Safety Board's final report on the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disaster with Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 revealed many new details, the location from where the fatal missile was fired has not been determined.
The disaster with Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 should never have happened. The airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine was should have been closed at the time of the crash.
A Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile over east Ukraine on July 17, 2014, the Dutch Safety Board announced in their final report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. "Flight MH17 crashed as a result of the detonation of a warhead outside the airplane," tearing off the front portion of the aircraft, the Board concluded.
Russian missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey held a press conference on Tuesday morning in which they presented the findings of their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disaster with flight MH17. According to the missile maker, flight MH17 was shot down by an older model of missile, which the Ukrainian army has in its possession.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile, fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. This is the conclusion of the Dutch Safety Board's final report on the investigation into what exactly happened with the disaster.
The report on the MH17 investigation that the Dutch Safety Board will be presenting on Tuesday will focus solely on the facts of the disaster in detail, and not on the perpetrators. Finding the perpetrators is the task of the international criminal investigation, which is expected to be completed at the end of this year.
On Tuesday the Dutch Safety Board will be presenting its findings in the investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines aircraft MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July last year. As Russian media has been denouncing the investigation over the past year and presenting a number of alternative theories left and right, the chances are good that the Russians will not be supporting the conclusions reached by the investigators.
Shrapnel from a Buk missile was found in the bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash, according to a Ukrainian investigator that was formerly part of the international team researching the cause of the disaster. The revelation comes just one week before the Dutch Safety Board releases their final report on the July 2014 Boeing 777 crash in eastern Ukraine.
The first mortal remains and personal belongings of the victims of flight MH17 found after May 1 are to be brought over to the Netherlands from the Ukraine. A Dutch team comprising of military, police and foreign affairs personnel will also collect wreckage that is to be returned.
The Emmy award ceremony, for both American and international newscasters celebrating the best international news stories, took place on Monday night in New York. The Dutch broadcaster NOS, who was nominated for the airing of the National Day of Mourning after the downing of Maylasian Flight MH17, was competing with three other non-American contenders for the award. NOS received its nomination for the July 2014, hour-long broadcast on the arrival of the first victims of the plane crash in the Ukraine.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkby highlighting seventy years of the Netherlands work with the UN on achievements that have helped shape and improve today's world. In a speech where he strongly advocated for the Netherlands to get a seat on the UN Security Council, he also called upon all the nations of the world to show solidarity in the face of the current refugee crisis, noting that the Netherlands has again increased its contribution to humanitarian assistance making it one of the world’s largest donors.
The Dutch are competing directly with Sweden and Italy for two available seats on the UN Security Council, with the latter likely to win one of them, according to BNR. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says that the Netherlands wants to be well positioned for the seat on the Security Council but are fighting what analysts believe to be an uphill battle.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will be meeting with forensic pathologist George Maat on Wednesday. Maat was fired from the MH17 forensic investigation team after a controversial lecture in which he showed photos of the MH17 victims.
Peter B., the 54 year old man arrested last month for pretending to be a pathologist and doctor to teach at the police academy in Apeldoorn, tried to get onto the team that identified the victims of the MH17 disaster.
Airline KLM is removing music by Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa from the in-flight entertainment program following a complaint from a passenger stating that the pianists supports Ukrainian separatists and "celebrates terrorists responsible for taking down MH17".
The final report on the investigation into the disaster with Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be released on October 13th, the Dutch Safety Board announced on Thursday.
The Dutch government is refusing to unseal documents regarding the actions of the Cabinet in the aftermath of the MH17 disaster.