“If anybody thought that there was insufficient evidence, this confirms the fact that it (Russia) supplied weapons to armed groups fighting on Ukraine’s territory. I hope that every such fact will make those who were inclined to turn a blind eye to these crimes think differently,” he told BNS.
In the minister’s words, information released by the investigators is not very surprising, but this is another detail that adds to other actions by Russia, such as bombing in Syria.
“This also shows that Russia is not a partner, but it is a certain factor that needs paying attention to and wasting resources, both material and other resources, and it is unclear what can be achieved together. This is not partnership, but some other relationship, and this should open the eyes of some people,” he said.
Linkevičius said that finding answers about the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine is important both in order to show respect to the victims’ relatives and in order to seek justice.
Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday that they have solid evidence that the Buk missile that hit Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 was transported to eastern Ukraine from Russia.
The Boeing 777 passenger jet was shot down in July 2014 during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch citizens.
Russia and pro-Russian separatists have repeatedly denied any involvement in the downing of the plane.