Australia, Netherlands hold Russia 'liable for downing flight MH17'

File: Wreckage of the MH17 airplane is seen after the presentation of the final report into the crash of July 2014 of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in Gilze Rijen, the Netherlands, October 13, 2015.

File: Wreckage of the MH17 airplane is seen after the presentation of the final report into the crash of July 2014 of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in Gilze Rijen, the Netherlands, October 13, 2015.

Reuters

THE HAGUE - The Dutch cabinet on Friday said it would hold the Russian state responsible for "its role" in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in July 2014.

"Holding a country responsible is a complex legal process," the cabinet said.

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"The Netherlands and Australia have asked Russia today to enter a dialogue in order to come to a solution that does justice to the enormous suffering and damage caused by the downing of flight MH17."

MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard. Russia denied any involvement.

Investigators on Thursday said the missile that shot down the plane was fired from a missile launcher in Russia&39;s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, but stopped short of saying who actually fired the fatal shot.