Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has made a statement on the fifth anniversary of the downing of flight MH17. He confirmed that the UK would support the financing of the trial at the Hague and will provide other ongoing assistance.
The Foreign Secretary said:
“A terrible tragedy took place five years ago today when flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. 298 innocent people, including 10 British people, lost their lives. I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who died.
I support the efforts of the Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch authorities to deliver justice for those who died. This is why we are making a financial contribution of £100,000 to the establishment of the specialist criminal court in the Hague to help ensure that the families and friends of the victims receive answers, and that those responsible are held to account for this appalling crime.
We continue to support Australia and the Netherlands in their call on the Russian government to accept state responsibility for the downing of flight MH17. It is high time Russia cooperated fully with the prosecution and, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166, provided any assistance requested.”
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has called on Russia to co-operate with an investigation into those responsible for bringing down aircraft MH17 on 17 July 2014. Hunt’s call came after a report released by the MH17 Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch National Prosecutor, who confirmed that four people will be charged for the crime.
Hunt said in a statement:
“The shooting down of MH17 nearly 5 years ago and the tragic deaths of the 298 people on board, including 10 British people, was a horrific crime. The family and friends of those who died deserve justice. Today marks a significant step towards ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.
The UK offers its support to the prosecution process and has complete confidence in both the Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch criminal justice system. I thank the Joint Investigation Team for their painstaking work to deliver justice for all the victims from 17 different countries who lost their lives that day.
The Russian Federation must now cooperate fully with the prosecution and provide any assistance it requests in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166. The charges brought against these individuals today show that the international community stands together against the impunity of those responsible for the despicable murder of 298 innocent people.”
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has today spoken in response to a report made by the Joint Investigation Team into the aircraft crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014.
Johnson said in a statement:
“Today’s progress in the investigation is an important step towards securing justice for the 298 people who lost their lives and for their families and friends who continue to deal with this awful tragedy.
The investigation is essential to ensure that those responsible face prosecution and to deliver accountability. Today’s initial criminal report offers clear evidence that the missile was Russian-made, and launched from within territory held by Russian-backed separatist groups. We ask that Russia now engages constructively with the findings and ongoing investigation.
It is important that investigations to confirm the motivation for the attack, the identity of possible perpetrators and the chain of command reach a conclusion. The UK will continue to offer full support to the investigation and we urge all states affected by this tragedy to do the same. Alongside this, we will keep doing all we can to support the relatives of the ten British nationals who lost their lives”.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has issued a statement on the Malaysian Airlines MH17 aircraft crash on 17 July 2014. Commenting after the release of a Dutch investigation into the crash the Prime Minister said:
“We have always been clear that justice must be done for all of the victims of MH17 and today’s report brings us one step closer to establishing the truth. We, alongside our partners, will continue to send a clear message: those responsible for downing this plane will be held to account”.
The aircraft is thought to have been brought down by Russian backed separatists. 283 passengers and 15 crew were all killed in the attack on the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur service.