THE HAGUE (AFP) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand “maximum cooperation” in the
probe into doomed Malaysia flight MH17, the Dutch top politician has said.
“I have just spoken to President Putin in Milan and demanded ma-ximum cooperation in resolving the MH17 disaster,” Rutte said in a tweet, posted on social networking site Twitter late on Thursday night.
Dutch media said Rutte spoke to Putin on the sidelines at the high-level Asia-Europe (ASEM) summit which opened on Thursday in Milan.
“It is an emotional subject and of course I am angry at all parties who have made it impossible to start work in at the crash site,” Rutte also wrote on his Facebook page.
“But it’s now up to us to reach our goal. I’ll use every opportunity to highlight the issue,” he added.
Four Dutch experts on Monday returned to the crash site in pro-Moscow rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, but Dutch officials including Rutte have lamented the lack of proper access to the wreck site.
Dutch forensic experts called off their search of the area in early August because of the ongoing fighting between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists.