Dutch FM says Russia ‘sowing confusion’ on MH17

The wrecked cockipt of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane that was shot down in Ukraine, killing 298 people, is shown to reporters on October 13, 2015 (AFP)

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Friday accused Russia of “sowing confusion” about the fate of flight MH17 by constantly criticising a final report into the disaster.

“I get the impression that the Russians at this point are not really that interested in the final report, but rather in sowing confusion (about it),” Dutch media quoted Koenders saying ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting in The Hague.

Koenders added he had unsuccessfully tried to contact Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the issue, the Dutch news agency ANP reported.

A Dutch-led final report into the July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines crash over war-torn eastern Ukraine was released earlier this week concluding that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

All 298 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777 - the majority of them Dutch - died when a Russian-made BUK missile struck the passenger jet on a routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, the report said.

Western nations and Kiev say the missile was fired from pro-Russian separatist-held territory, but Moscow denies the claim, pointing the finger instead at the Ukrainian military.

A Dutch-led criminal probe is currently underway to pinpoint those responsible, but experts have said it is unlikely the perpetrators will ever face trial.

Koenders said Russia’s viewpoint was “not conducive to moving the process forward.”

“There’s no point in sowing confusion. The most important thing now is to cooperate,” Koenders said.

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