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Telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

July 16, 2015

At The Netherlands’ initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Mr Putin and Mr Rutte discussed the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane in Ukraine on July 17, 2014, and stressed their mutual interest in seeing the investigation carried through to its end.

Mr Putin explained in detail Russia’s position on what it sees as an untimely and counterproductive initiative by a number of countries, including The Netherlands, to establish an international tribunal for criminal prosecution of individuals responsible for the Malaysian aircraft’s destruction. The President noted that before taking decisions on judicial mechanisms and punishing those guilty of this crime, there must first be active work to conclude the international investigation, which should be thorough and objective, independent and comprehensive, in full accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2166, passed on July 21, 2014, at Russia’s initiative. Mr Putin said that leaking various overtly politicized versions of the events to the media is unacceptable.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the current state of bilateral cooperation and its development prospects.

Mr Putin and Mr Rutte agreed to continue their contacts at various levels.

July 16, 2015