Friday, 18 Jan 2019

MH17 families call on Trump to pressure Putin for information

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – The families of people killed when a Buk missile burst from the sky 17 of Malaysia Airlines flight from the sky over Ukraine in 2014 called on US President Donald Trump to put pressure on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for that he provide answers on this disaster.

In a letter to Trump posted Friday on Twitter, relatives of about 30 of the 298 passengers and crew members killed on July 17, 2014 say: "We have the right to know what happened to our loved ones . "

The letter was posted on Twitter by Thomas Schansman, whose 18-year-old Dutch son Quinn was one of the passengers killed.

Trump and Putin will both be in Paris this weekend for the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, but should not hold a bilateral summit. They plan to hold talks at a Group of 20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month.

The Netherlands and Australia announced in May that they thought that the missile that had shot down flight MH17 had been transported to Ukraine by a military unit from the Russian city of Kursk.

Russia vehemently denied any involvement and, over the years, has formulated various theories about the cause of the accident, thus blaming the Ukrainian side.

In the letter to Trump, dated October 28, families say that no country has taken responsibility for the destruction.

"Instead, several obvious attempts have been made to conceal what really happened during the terrible summer day," the letter says. "The attempts of the leaders of the Russian Federation, supported and repeated by President Putin".

Speaking directly to Trump, families say, "President Putin has answers we have the right to hear. We call you to try to convince him that it's never too late to be redeemed. "

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