Russia's and MH17 investigation: Netherlands rebuke Russian ambassador over MH17 remarks

17:40 Sep. 30, 2016

Netherlands rebuke Russian ambassador over MH17 remarks

Russian militants on the wreckage of MH17 (Photo by Christopher Miller / Twitter)

Russian officials questioned professionalism and independence of the investigators

The Dutch Foreign Ministry summoned Russia's ambassador in The Hague for a diplomatic rebuke on Friday after Moscow made remarks critical of the criminal investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Reutes reports.

Earlier this week, a team of international investigators presented findings showing that the missile launcher used to shoot down MH17 over Eastern Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia and was returned there afterward - despite Russian denials of involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

Read also MH17 investigation report: full version (with video)

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Russian reactions to the investigation's findings "cast doubt on the integrity, professionalism and independence" of the investigators.

"The Russian Ambassador has been made to understand that such unfounded criticism is unacceptable," the ministry said in a statement.

Read also Investigators call for witnesses on two MH17 crash suspects (audio)

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