Canada supports investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash


May 24, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the MH17 investigation:

“Canada supports the important efforts made in the investigation into the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

“We commend the efforts of the Joint Investigative Team [JIT], comprising Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Eurojust, which has worked tirelessly to ensure a high-quality, independent and impartial international investigation. The purpose of this criminal investigation is to establish the facts, identify those responsible for the crash and collect evidence that can be used in court.

“The JIT investigation concluded that the missile used to bring down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, based near Kursk, Russia. We call on Russia to urgently address these conclusions and to cooperate fully with the JIT.

“Canada continues to urge other countries to defend a rules-based international order in which those responsible for the downing of Flight MH17 are held accountable for their actions in line with international standards. This is consistent with the call for accountability and cooperation unanimously adopted in UN Security Council Resolution 2166. We must continue to demand justice for victims and their families, including a Canadian citizen who perished in this horrible attack.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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