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Dutch Consider Taking Russia to Court Over Downing of Jet Over Ukraine

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Dutch Consider Taking Russia to Court Over Downing of Jet Over Ukraine

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The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

12/20/18
The Netherlands is considering referring Russia to an international court after reaching an impasse with the Kremlin over responsibility for shooting down a civilian airliner over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people, many of them Dutch citizens. In a letter delivered to the Dutch Parliament on Thursday morning, the country’s foreign minister, Stef Blok, said that Russia had rebuffed all efforts to start negotiations on a possible settlement or compensation for the victims of the 2014 attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and that the government was considering “potential next steps” including “submitting the matter to an international court or organization.” The Netherlands and Australia, whose citizens made up a large number of the victims, made “several requests to Russia through diplomatic channels to engage in formal meetings on this matter, with a view to establishing the truth and achieving justice and accountability for the victims and their next of kin,” Mr. Blok wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times. The diplomatic efforts, he said, have not produced negotiations “concerning Russia’s responsibility,” though the Dutch government remains open to dialogue should the Kremlin wish to come to the table.

Russia has denied any involvement in the attack, and Western allies have accused the Kremlin of trying to thwart the investigation through cyberattacks and a disinformation campaign. Though Dutch authorities have not yet decided on a precise plan of action, the letter is a clear indication of their frustration with Russia. Any effort to seek accountability through an institution like the International Criminal Court would take years, if not decades, though the mere threat may incense Russia. When Mr. Blok first challenged Russia to accept responsibility in May, he described the reaction of his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, as “quite abrasive.” That was around the time an international consortium of prosecutors determined that the Russian military had supplied the missile that shot down the airliner. The missile, part of a Buk antiaircraft system, belonged to the 53rd Antiaircraft Brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk. Prosecutors say they have identified about 100 people of interest in the case, but have so far refrained from naming them publicly. Prosecutors have said that the suspects could be tried in a Dutch court, but have not indicated how they might be extradited to the Netherlands.

By all means, take the Kremlin to court. Moscow will not honor any international court judgments against Russia, but at least legal culpability will be established.

Related: Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
 

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Dutch Consider Taking Russia to Court Over Downing of Jet Over Ukraine

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The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.



By all means, take the Kremlin to court. Moscow will not honor any international court judgments against Russia, but at least legal culpability will be established.

Related: Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

I think it would be more effective to raid Russia's shipping in retaliation, like the Dutch pirates and privateers did in the 1600-1700s. I do not think non-binding Court rulings are going to be of any effect. Findings of fact and rulings of law only constrain the law-abiding.
 

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I think it would be more effective to raid Russia's shipping in retaliation, like the Dutch pirates and privateers did in the 1600-1700s. I do not think non-binding Court rulings are going to be of any effect. Findings of fact and rulings of law only constrain the law-abiding.

a good idea , Muscovite fleet is a bad joke
 
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