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Adv. Jon Cartu Announces – NEWSBRIEFS | The Ukrainian Weekly

Russia halts talks on MH17

Russia says it has decided to halt consultations with Australia and the Netherlands on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight over eastern Ukraine more than six years ago, after the Dutch government took Russia to court in July for its alleged role in the tragedy. “Such unfriendly moves by the Netherlands make further trilateral consultations and our participation in them senseless,” Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on October 15. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said in a tweet that the Netherlands “greatly regrets this decision. It is extremely painful for the survivors.” MH17 was shot down on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Moscow-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine. Nearly two-thirds of the 298 victims were Dutch nationals. Following a six-year international investigation, prosecutors argued that the aircraft was shot down by a Buk system fired by Russia-backed militants who had acquired it from a Russian military base on the border between the two countries. The findings have been corroborated or supported by evidence gathered by journalists and independent investigators, such as the British-based group Bellingcat. The four suspects – Russians Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Igor Girkin, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko – are being tried in absentia by court in The Hague for involvement in the tragedy. The relatives of at least 65 Dutch victims in 2018 filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on July 10 that the government had filed a complaint against Russia with the Strasbourg-based court in a bid to offer “maximum support to these individual cases.” In its statement, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said Moscow agreed in 2018 to hold trilateral consultations to “help establish… the true causes” of the crash. “However, in all likelihood, Australia and the Netherlands did not seek to understand what actually happened… but were only aimed at getting Russia to plead guilty and receive compensation for the relatives of the victims.” (RFE/RL’s Russian Service, with reporting by Reuters)

 

Iran, Ukraine in new round of talks

Iran is hosting officials from Ukraine in a second round of talks over compensation for a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran in January after being struck by two missiles, killing 176 people. Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yevhen Yenin and his Iranian counterpart, Mohsen Baharwand, met in Tehran on October 19 at the start of the two-day talks. Mr. Baharwand said Iran “has nothing to hide about this tragedy” and was ready to “honestly inform the Ukrainian people and delegation about the details” of the crash, according to a statement by the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry. Mr. Yenin also held talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who described the first round of talks in Kyiv in July as “positive and constructive” and hoped that those in Tehran achieve their desired results. In a statement by Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mr. Yenin welcomed “Iran’s decision to take full responsibility for the downing of the Ukrainian plane, as well as its readiness to provide equal compensation to the relatives of all victims, regardless of their citizenship.” He also emphasized the “need for an unbiased and objective investigation of the circumstances of the air disaster and called on the Iranian side to ensure access” to all of its elements. Following the Kyiv talks in July, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba had said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the process. Iranian officials have said that the country’s forces accidentally shot down the Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8. A misaligned missile battery and miscommunication between soldiers and superior officers were to blame for incident, according to Iran’s aviation authorities. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, with reporting by AFP, TASS and IRNA)

 

Zelenskyy on international support for Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the international coalition of Ukraine’s support continues to exist and even reaches a new level. “No matter how someone persuades and tries, the international coalition continues to support Ukraine, moreover, it is reaching a new level. We have retained the bicameral support of the United States. Ukraine and Great Britain have officially become strategic partners. Relations between Ukraine and Turkey have reached an unprecedented level. Canada remains a reliable partner for us,” he said in the president’s annual statement to the Verkhovna Rada on October 20. Mr. Zelenskyy said that, according to experts, the recent Ukraine-EU summit and the joint statement following it, for the first time, highlight the partnership between Ukraine and the European Union. “They note our successes, in particular, the tangible progress in the implementation of the Association Agreement, all the prerequisites for ‘industrial visa-free travel,’ the Agreement on Common Aviation Space with the EU, deeper integration of Ukrainian markets with European ones, as well as a clear message that the visa-free regime between Ukraine and Europe is not in danger. Whoever tells you anything. This also applies to cooperation with the IMF, which we continue, as well as with the World Bank and EBRD,” he said. The president also said that today Ukraine is actually recreating a constructive dialogue and good-neighborly relations with Hungary, Romania and Poland. Along with Poland and Lithuania, the Lublin Triangle was founded as a platform for political, economic and social interaction. “I consider another fact to be an imperceptible, but really important victory on the world arena: the phrase ‘The world is tired of Ukraine’ has disappeared at the international level. We have given the image of our state a new content. They started to look at Ukraine in a new way, to perceive as constructive, reliable and, therefore, an equal player; as a country that appreciates any support, but hopes, first of all, for itself. Since it understands that no one will embody transformations for us, no one will…

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