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EU, Belgium support investigation into downing of Malaysian airliner

BRUSSELS, Belgium and the European Union (EU) Thursday expressed their support to the additional results on the criminal investigation into the downing of flight Malaysian Airlines flight M7 in Ukraine in July 2014 announced earlier today.

“The EU fully supports the work of the joint investigation team,” Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherin, told a news conference.

“In view of these facts we call on the Russian Federation to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability for the downing of the M7,” she added.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprised of the national investigation authorities of the Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia and Belgium, announced earlier that the missile that downed MH 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade. Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the JIT, was quoted saying in media reports that “all the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.” The crash cost the lives of 298 people, amongst them several Belgian citizens.

On his part, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders expressed his “full confidence in the quality and independence of this criminal investigation.” In a press statement, Reynders called upon the international community to continue to support the investigation and urged all countries to cooperate fully with this investigation, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014), so that those responsible can be brought to justice.

Source: Kuwait News Agency