Speech: UK Statement on the Anniversary of the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Delivered by Nicola Murray, Deputy Head of Delegation, at the OSCE Permanent Council on 17 July 2020

Thank you Mr Chair. Today marks the 6th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in which 298 people from 17 countries, including 10 British nationals, lost their lives. The United Kingdom expresses its deepest condolences to all those who lost their loved ones.

Six years on, the United Kingdom reiterates its full support for efforts to establish the truth, to deliver justice for the 298 victims and their next of kin, and to hold all those responsible to account.

We have full confidence in the Dutch judicial system and commend the painstaking dedication of the Joint Investigation Team, whose work we continue to support.

The United Kingdom fully supports the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Australia in their call for the Russian Federation to accept State responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, in accordance with UNSC Resolution 2166.