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Moscow Summons Dutch Ambassador Over MH17 Investigation


Earlier this week, a team of international investigators presented findings showing that the Buk missile launcher used to shoot down Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine originally came from Russian territory

Earlier this week, a team of international investigators presented findings showing that the Buk missile launcher used to shoot down Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine originally came from Russian territory

Russia's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Netherlands' ambassador in Moscow over the Dutch-led international investigation which concluded that a Russian military missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine downed the MH17 civilian passenger jetliner in 2014.

The ministry said the October 3 meeting was in response to "similar actions" by Dutch authorities at The Hague.

Earlier this week, a team of international investigators presented findings showing that the Buk missile launcher used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines flight originally came from Russian territory and was returned there after the July 17, 2014 tragedy -- despite Russia's repeated denials of involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed.

On September 30, the Dutch Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador at The Hague for a diplomatic rebuke after Moscow made critical and dismissive remarks about the criminal investigation.

The Dutch ministry described Russia's reaction as "unacceptable" and "unfounded criticism."

On September 28, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Joint Investigation Team’s findings showed that the probe was "biased and politically motivated."

Based on reporting by Reuters, Interfax, and TASS
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