MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Moscow laments that a Dutch court has ignored the principles of impartiality in favor of political factors in the case of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine in July 2014, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry made public on Thursday said.
"We deeply regret that the Hague District Court neglected the principles of impartial justice for the sake of the current political situation, dealing a huge blow to the reputation of the entire Dutch legal system," the document said.
According to the diplomatic agency, the verdict by the Hague District Court handed down to two Russian nationals, Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinsky, on their involvement in the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 indicates that this court case is based on a political motivation to implicate Moscow. "Both the process and the results of this court case indicate that it was based on a political bid to implicate Russia in the tragedy promoted by the Hague Court and its associates on the Joint Investigation Team. Despite the fact that our country is not a party to this process, the Dutch prosecutor’s office made no effort to present the case otherwise," the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier on Thursday, judge Hendrik Steenhuis, delivering the verdict in the criminal case on the crash, asserted that, according to the Hague court, flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile from the vicinity of Pervomaysky in Donbass which was controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) at the time.
The Malaysian Airlines Boeing-777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing 298 passengers - citizens of 10 states. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced in June 2019 that it had identified a group of four people suspected of being involved in the incident. Those are former DPR head Igor Girkin (Strelkov) and his subordinates Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko. Their trial began in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020. They were accused of delivering a Buk missile air defense system from Russia to Ukraine.