Contents tagged with Netherlands

  • Dutch Foreign Minister: Netherlands will not allow lifting sanctions against Russia until Kremlin implements Minsk agreements

    Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko in Kyiv that the Netherlands would not allow lifting sanctions against Russia without the implementation of the Minsk agreements, reports Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

    "The Netherlands does not recognize the annexation of Crimea. The Netherlands will not allow the EU to lift its sanctions against Russia without the full implementation of the Minsk agreements," said Blok.

    He …

  • Dutch parliament votes to investigate ‘Ukraine’s role’ in MH17 air crash

    The parliament of the Netherlands has voted to investigate Ukraine’s role in the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 catastrophe that took place over Ukraine’s Donetsk province in 2014, said Chris van Dam, a member of the Christian Democratic party, in a tweet.

    Van Dam said that the party motioned to investigate the fact that Ukraine did not close the airspace over the Donbas.

    The Dutch MP noted that his party’s motion was approved unanimously in parliament.

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo …

  • Netherlands asks Russia to hand over MH17 plane crash suspect

    The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service has asked Russia to hand over Vladimir Tsemakh, a valuable witness in the MH17 case from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the prosecution service informed victims of the catastrophe in a letter, as reported by the Dutch news agency NOS.

    The Netherlands recently asked Ukraine not to release Tsemakh to Russia.

    Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok stated in a letter to parliament that the prosecutors had been able to interview the MH17 case witness …

  • Dutch Foreign Minister: Netherlands deeply regrets that under pressure from Russia Ukraine extradited MH17 plane crash suspect

    The Dutch Foreign Minister, Affairs Stef Blok, said that the Dutch government regrets that Vladimir Tsemakh, who is the suspect in the case of the MH17 aircraft crash, became part of a prisoner exchange under pressure from Moscow, reports Interfax-Ukraine, citing the letter published on the Dutch Parliament's website.

    Blok recalled that in mid-August, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office informed the Dutch government that Tsemakh could become part of the exchange of prisoners between …

  • Ukraine hands over MH17 case to Netherlands

    Ukraine has completed the transfer of the criminal case against the persons suspected in the crash of MH17 flight to the Netherlands, reports Ukrainski Noviny news agency with reference to the Security Service of Ukraine. The materials of the case mention three citizens of Russia and one citizen of Ukraine, including former Defense Minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Igor Girkin (Strelkov).

    Security Service of Ukraine refused to specify, whether the order for the arrest of …

  • Media: Families of Dutch NATO pilots were intimidated by individuals 'with Russian accent'

    Family members of Dutch pilots who conducted the NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic countries in 2017 received threatening phone calls, reports the Dutch newspaper NL Times.

    As noted, the wives and live-in girlfriends of the pilots of F-16 aircraft were repeatedly called by unknown persons "with a Russian accent," who, among other things, suggested that their husbands should leave the region and were interested what their wives think about the service in the Baltic. The women often receive …

  • Kremlin confirms secret negotiations with the Netherlands on MH17 air disaster

    Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko confirmed that Russia and the Netherlands are conducting secret negotiations  the MH17 air disaster, reports Lenta.ru news outlet.

    "Such consultations are taking place, but we have agreed to maintain confidentiality in this process," he said.

    Earlier, it was reported that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held secret talks with Russian President Putin in Russia, on June 28.

    Earlier, it was reported that the Security Service of …

  • Ukrainian Security Service arrests DPR militant who transported Buk missile system used to shoot down MH17

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has identified a militant from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) who helped transport the Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher that was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft over the Donbas.

    This was announced by Vitaliy Mayakov, deputy head of the SBU’s Chief Investigative Directorate, during press conference, as cited by Ukrainski Novyny news agency.

    Mayakov also presented a cellphone video showing the Buk missile system being …

  • Council of Europe: Russia must take responsibility for MH17 catastrophe

    The Council of Europe has adopted a declaration which asks Russia to admit responsibility for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, RBC reports.

    “The EU calls on Russia to take responsibility and to fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation,” the declaration reads.

    On 19 July, the international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) pressed charges against four suspects for complicity in the incident: the Russian citizens Major-General Sergey “Gloomy” …

  • Ukraine captures DPR anti-air commander in Snizhne near MH17 crash site

    Ukrainian intelligence forces have captured Vladimir Tsemakh, a former air defense commander in the separatist-controlled city of Snizhne, which is close to where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in 2014.

    According to BBC’s Russian service, Tsemakh was arrested in his apartment in Snizhne on 27 July. According to his relatives and attorney, Ukrainian intelligence officers took him to Kyiv-controlled territory, where he was placed under arrest for two months.

    “On 28 June, the …