File Photo: Wreckage of flight MH17 is seen after the presentation of the investigation report on the cause of its crash, at the Gilze-Rijen air base, the Netherlands, on Oct. 13, 2015. (Xinhua/Sylvia Lederer)
UNITED NATIONS, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Dutch Ambassador to the United Nations Karel van Oosterom on Wednesday urged Russia to accept responsibility for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
Van Oosterom made the appeal in the context of a Security Council presidential statement that contains a sentence on the incident.
"The Security Council reaffirms its full support for Resolution 2166 (2014) on the downing of Flight MH17," reads the presidential statement on Ukraine, which was released Wednesday.
The reconfirmation by the Security Council of Resolution 2166 is especially important for the Netherlands, because the resolution demands that all states should cooperate with efforts to establish accountability, van Oosterom told reporters shortly before the official release of the Security Council statement.
The reconfirmation means that states should work together with the Joint Investigation Team in establishing the facts, he said.
"It means that the Russian Federation should fully cooperate with the criminal investigation, should accept responsibility for its part in the downing of MH17," he told reporters.
The ambassador reiterated Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok's demand last week that Russia should enter into bilateral talks with the Netherlands and Australia to achieve truth, justice and accountability. "We feel very strongly that that is what the families of the victims deserve," said van Oosterom.
Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, en route from the Dutch capital of Amsterdam to Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people aboard were killed, including 193 Dutch passengers and 27 Australians.
The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has established that the missile that downed Flight MH17 belonged to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian army. On this basis, the Dutch and Australian governments made the announcement to hold Russia accountable for its part in the downing of the flight.
Last week, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told a Security Council meeting that Moscow does not accept the conclusions of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team.
The Russian Defense Ministry has also refuted the accusation, saying that no new anti-aircraft missiles crossed the border to Ukraine since 1991.