Further statement minister Blok in UN Security Council on flight MH17

Further statement by minister Blok in UN Security Council on flight MH17 in response to statement of Russian permanent representative Vasily Nebenzya, 29 May 2018 in New York.

We have heard the remarks of the Russian Federation with regard to MH17. We have heard nothing new.

We are aware that Russian spokespersons and state-controlled media routinely try to discredit the investigation results, call into question the independence, professionalism and impartiality of the JIT, and continue to spread impossible alternative theories about the downing of MH17.

For the relatives of the victims, this is extremely painful.

It is very disappointing that even in this Chamber, the Russian representative does not acknowledge the hard facts established by the JIT, based on irrefutable evidence. So far, the Russian authorities do not show the slightest interest in achieving truth, justice and accountability – as demanded by resolution 2166.

I also want to remind you that our efforts to establish an international tribunal under Chapter 7, through this Council, were blocked by a Russian veto.

To us, this illustrates the importance of Russia entering into bilateral talks with the Netherlands and Australia. These bilateral talks are the proper venue to discuss Russia’s responsibility for its part in the downing of flight MH17.

We urge the Russian Federation to accept our invitation to engage in these talks in relation to the state responsibility implications of its part in the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014.