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Russia liable for downing Malaysian passenger jet MH17

The Netherlands and Australia have announced that they were holding Moscow legally responsible for its role in the missile attack which brought down the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014. This announcement was made after international prosecutors (a Dutch-led international team of investigators) said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in which all 298 people on board were killed.

According to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, “If military weapons can be deployed and then used to bring down civilian aircraft in what was essentially a war zone, then international security is at risk and we call on all countries to inform the Russian Federation that its conduct is unacceptable.”

It can be recalled that Britain, France and Germany once warned Vladimir Putin to grant international investigators immediate access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine or face fresh sanctions. Meanwhile, Ukraine has gone to the international court of justice, (ICJ) to seek compensation from Russia for the downing of flight MH17.

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