Russia ready for talks with the Netherlands on MH17

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In a response to the news broken by Dutch news RTL Nieuws which said soon talks will be held between the Netherlands, Australia and Russia, the Russian Federation confirmed the news. Reuters reported here.

However, at the same time presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

 The Kremlin has no knowledge of any contacts between the Netherlands and Russia or about upcoming formal talks on liability for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Peskov said “no” when asked whether the presidential administration had any information of the sort and directed the question to the Foreign Ministry according press agency Interfax.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday February 8 the dialogue has never stopped. He added the information submitted by Moscow should be taken into account. Russia provided data of a missile test and radar data which does not show presence of a BUK-missile. Grushko also said the the Joint Investigation Team should take notice of the fact that Ukraine never provided primary radar data. The sides should also discuss the responsibility of Ukraine, which “did not close its airspace,” and other aspects related to the “disregard by the Netherlands of the information that we provided to them as part of legal cooperation”.

This statements confirms the statements made by the head of the political department of the Russian embassy in the Netherlands,as published by Dutch Novini in January 2019.

To my personal opinion it is extremely unlikely these talks will lead to anything positive. Russia will use these talks to show to the domestic audience in Russia that it is willing to cooperate but that the western Joint Investigation Team has a hidden agenda. It will only take more time before the truth comes out, if ever.


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