G7 foreign ministers say Russia must be held accountable for MH17 downing

G7 foreign ministers say Russia must be held accountable for MH17 downing

The foreign ministers of the G7 member countries strongly condemn the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and urge Russia to be held accountable for its role in this accident.

This is said in a statement issued by the G7 foreign ministers in advance of the anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

"We, the G7 foreign ministers, are united in our support of Australia and the Netherlands as they call on Russia to account for its role in this incident and to cooperate fully with the process to establish the truth and achieve justice for the victims of MH17 and their next of kin," the document reads.

The G7 foreign ministers fully support the work of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), an independent criminal investigation led by the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. The JIT’s findings on Russia’s role in the downing of MH17 are compelling, significant and deeply disturbing.

“In a rules-based international order, those responsible for unacceptable actions, such as the firing or launching of the BUK missile of Russian origin, which intercepted and downed a civilian aircraft, must be held accountable. To this end, we call on Russia to immediately engage with Australia and the Netherlands in good faith to explain and to address all relevant questions regarding any potential breaches of international law,“ the statement reads.

“We express once again our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of MH17. We stand together against the impunity of those who engage in aggressive actions that threaten the rules-based international order, anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstances,” the G7 foreign ministers said.


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