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Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of The Netherlands Mark Rutte

July 29, 2015

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

The two leaders continued discussing issues concerning the investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukrainian territory in July 2014. Mr Putin stressed the need to implement in full UN Security Council resolution 2166 of July 21, 2014, which was adopted on Russia’s initiative and calls for a comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation.

 The two leaders exchanged views on the work the experts have done in the context of preparation of a new UN Security Council resolution on this issue. Mr Putin said that the new draft Russia proposes aims to facilitate work on the tasks set out in Security Council resolution 2166. The President expressed regret that this compromise document was not supported by the countries that call for the establishment of an international tribunal on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash.

 Mr Putin said that Russia continues to view the establishment of such a tribunal as not being the best course of action, noting that many questions remain regarding the investigation, including with respect to the evidence collected so far, and to Russia’s not being allowed to participate in much of the investigation. The President said that Russia is ready for close cooperation on elucidating this tragedy’s causes and circumstances.

Mr Putin and Mr Rutte also exchanged views on the current state and development prospects of Russian-Dutch relations.

July 29, 2015