Now Donald Trump will be president of the United States in January, what will be the effect on sanctions, investigation and prosecution related to MH17?
Trump in an interview at October 14 2015 on MSNBC with NBC reporter Katy Tur stated (at 10:40 into the interview) “We just can’t fight with everybody” and “I think we have to straighten our own problems out right now” broadcast on Wednesday’s”. Trump stated Russia was probably responsible for the downing. “I think it is horrible,” Trump said of the incident. “But they’re saying it wasn’t them. The other side says it is them. And we’re going to go through that arguing for probably for 50 years and nobody is ever going to know. Probably was Russia.”
CNN, a pro Clinton newsstation, made this headline out of the Trump interview:
“Donald Trump says Russia isn’t to blame for MH17, despite evidence”
That is really a nonsense headline. It was not wat Trump said. This blog shows that CNN is twisting the words of Trump. This twist was used in social media as well days before the voting.
Now what could be the effect of Trump on MH17?
Since July 2014 we have seen the United States hardly be involved in the MH17 case, at least not what the public could see. The US did not make any public statements except for welcoming the DSB and JIT reports.
Regarding sanctions EU always said the sanctions against Russia were not because of MH17. These are because of annexation of Crimea and not respecting the Minsk agreement. I expect these sanctions will be reduced in 2017 mainly because of pressure by people in EU states. Trump could have a positive effect on the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia.
Regarding the criminal investigation the United States handed over classified evidence to a selected number of people working for the criminal investigation team. Trump presidency will not have any effect on that.
Regarding the court case. It is likely the suspects will be prosecuted in a Dutch domestic court case. As suspects will not be located in the United States there will be no legal issues with extradiction. So again the Trump presidency will have no effect on prosecution and court case.