NATO calls on Russia to accept responsibility for downing Malaysian airliner

BRUSSELS, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday called on Russia “to accept responsibility and fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166.” The Netherlands and Australia have announced that they hold Russia responsible for its part in the downing of flight M7 on 17 July 2014, he noted in a statement.

“Yesterday’s interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the downing of M7 concluded that the missile launcher used to shoot down the plane originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk,” said the NATO chief.

“The downing of M7 was a global tragedy, and those responsible must be held accountable. NATO has repeatedly expressed its full support for the efforts undertaken by the Dutch authorities and others to shed light on what happened on that terrible day, and to achieve justice for the 298 people who were killed and their loved ones,” he added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency