Lithuania welcomes significant progress in the MH17 crash investigation
Lithuania welcomes the conclusions of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the launch by the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands on 20 June of the criminal prosecution against the four suspects, who are now facing murder charges in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.
The suspects are to be tried under the Dutch criminal law in absentia for their alleged direct roles in the attack that killed all 298 people on board.
According to the Dutch-led inquiry's conclusions, three suspects are Russian nationals with ties to their country's intelligence services, while the fourth one is a Ukrainian national. The Netherlands promised to issue international arrest warrants this week. It is actually reported that there is a "long list" of persons, who had been directly involved in the crime and can face charges later on.
The JIT also announced that there was evidence that the four men were subordinate to Russian soldiers. A year ago, the JIT found out that a Buk missile used in the downing of MH17 had been supplied by the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade in Kursk. There is additional evidence that the Russian Federation had led and taken care of the missile convoy.
Lithuania supports further efforts of the JIT experts to name all those responsible for this crime, including those who led, executed, and otherwise collaborated in bringing the Buk missile involved into Ukraine from Russia. All perpetrators must be identified and brought to justice. We urge the Russian Federation to assume responsibility and to cooperate with the JIT, and with the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands, as set out in the UN Security Council resolution of 31 July 2014.