MH17 investigation: Rutte: Russia should stop ‘spreading all kinds of nonsense' about MH17

21:03 Oct. 3, 2016

Rutte: Russia should stop ‘spreading all kinds of nonsense' about MH17

A demonstration against Putin, linked to MH17 shootdown (GettyImages Photo)

Russia should cooperate with prosecutors and 'stop spreading all kinds of nonsense about the quality of the investigation.' 

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte has urged Russia to stop spreading ‘all sorts of nonsense' about the criminal investigation into the shooting down of flight MH17, Dutch News reports.

The Dutch ambassador in Moscow has been summoned to the foreign ministry in response to last week's report by an international team of investigators, which concluded that the plane was hit by a BUK missile fired from a field in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists. In the latest sign of heightening diplomatic tensions between the two countries, foreign minister Bert Koenders called in the Russian ambassador last Friday to complain about ‘unacceptable' comments from Moscow.

Read also UT special project From Russia With Love on the Kremlin involvement in Donbas War and particularly on circumstances of MH17 tragedy.

Rutte said he expected the Russians to co-operate fully with the inquiry, which is being led by the Dutch public prosecution service, as agreed under the terms of UN security council resolution 2166. ‘But also that they stop spreading all kinds of nonsense about the quality of the investigation,' he told NOS.

Russia has steadfastly denied any blame for the MH17 crash and described the prosecution team's report as unprofessional, biased and politically motivated. Earlier in the week Kremlin officials held a separate press conference where they claimed on the basis of radar pictures that the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian missile.

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

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