Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, the Kremlin press service reports.
Putin and Rutte "discussed the course of an investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane on Ukrainian territory on July 17, 2014 and stressed mutual interest in its productivity," it said.
"Vladimir Putin extensively explained the Russian position as to why the idea by a number of countries, including the Netherlands, on setting up an international tribunal to prosecute the individuals responsible for the Malaysian airliner's destruction would be premature and counterproductive," it said.
"It has been emphasized that, to make a decision on judicial mechanisms and on holding those guilty of this crime liable, active work needs to be done to complete an international investigation, which should be careful and impartial, independent and comprehensive - in full compliance with the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2166 adopted at Russia's initiative on July 21, 2014," it said.
Putin told Rutte that Russia considered it unacceptable that "any theories of an openly provocative nature should be planted in the media," it said.
The two leaders also exchanged opinions on the condition and prospects of the development of Russian-Dutch cooperation and "agreed to continue contacts at different levels," the Kremlin press service said.
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