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Australia, Netherlands: Russia responsible for MH17 downing

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Australia, Netherlands: Russia responsible for MH17 downing

Australia, Netherlands: Russia responsible for MH17 downing

Australia and the Netherlands have officially accused Russia of being directly responsible for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The accusation was made on Friday by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Dutch government.

In a report issued on Thursday, international investigators said the BUK anti-aircraft system that brought down the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board, belonged to the Russian military.

“Based on these findings, the only conclusion we can reasonably now draw is that Russia was directly involved…,” Bishop told reporters in Canberra.

“Australia and the Netherlands have informed the Russian Federation that we hold it responsible under international law for its role in the downing of MH17,” she said, adding the governments have requested Russia to open dialogue about its conduct around the circumstances and to seek reparations.

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