The 35 for 35 prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia once again revealed the two-faced stance of the so-called ‘Civilized World’ towards the MH17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine. Ahead of the prisoner swap, the Netherlands urged Ukraine to not hand over Vladimir Tsemakh to Russia. By this move, the Netherlands admitted that it is not a neutral side and is not interested in an objective investigation of the MH17 tragedy. The Dutch side had a lot of time to question the supposed witness. However, this was not enough and it wanted the person to remain in Ukraine, where Tsemakh would be subjected to constant physical and psychological pressure. The Dutch government, which is allegedly a neutral side in the MH17 case, is de facto impeding the objective investigation of the tragedy.
For years, we have been doing unfriendly and even hostile acts against Russia. I recall that France has expelled Russian diplomats in the context of the Skripal case. Where are we now in the Skripal case? Where are we in the case of the Malaysian plane where Russia was blamed while the Prime Minister of Malaysia denounced a few weeks ago the fact that this investigation was completely biased against the Russia? Russia has a very predictable diplomatic policy, it respects international law, while French policy is very contradictory. We should put the things on the table! We need to do international investigations on the MH17 plane because this case is not clear. On the Skripal case, it’s not clear. On the case of the bombings in Syria, it is not clear!
Recurent disinformation narrative on the unfounded Western sanctions imposed against Russia, which respects international law. Russia broke international law annexing Crimea in 2014 and GA of UN adopted a resolution on the matter. The disinformation narrative also pretends that nobody conducted serious investigations on the crimes attributed to Russia. In the reality, there is already an international team which conducted the investigation on MH17's downing and killing of the 289 persons on board. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for this case is composed of the Dutch, Belgian, Australian, Malaysian and Ukrainian prosecutors. The public hearing is scheduled for March 9th 2020 in the Netherlands. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the missile used to shoot down MH17 came from the Russian Federation. Three Russians and one Ukrainian national are charged. Earlier in 2015 Russia vetoed UN resolution that would have established an international tribunal for the purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for downing of MH17. As for the Skripal poisoning, British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s findings. Russian also backed diplomatically and militarily Bashar Assad's troops committing war crimes in Syria, confirmed by OPCW. See more disinformation cases on MH17's downing here, on the Skripal poisoning here and on war crimes in Syria here.