"We have evidence that they were involved. A lot of this evidence has already been published during the criminal proceedings that are at the same time, there taking place here in The Netherlands. A number of relatives of the deceased already started the procedure at the European Court of Human Rights and we can help those relatives by providing the court in Strasbourg with the evidence that we have."
"From the onset, we have made clear that the downing of an airplane, civilian airplane, and 298 innocent casualties is such a severe breach of international law that we will pursue any venue to find the truth and bring justice to the relatives. That's why we decided together with Australia to start a procedure under international law, to hold the Russian Federation accountable. Our independent public prosecutor has started a criminal procedure under Dutch law, but there is also his third legal way of the European Court of Human Rights and as this venue is open and we can help the relatives, we think it is up to us to use this extra way to find the truth"
"We have regular contact with the relatives so we let them know in advance that we will take this step. Also, I saw their public reaction today, they are happy that we also support their quest for truth and justice by
taking the steps we announced today."
9. Wide of Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok during interview
The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday.
The move is intended to support individual cases being brought to the European court by relatives of some of the 298 people who were killed when a plane flying from Amsterdam bound for Kuala Lumpur was shot out of the Sky.
A Buk surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Moscow Ukrainian rebels hit the plane on 17 July 2014.
By launching the case against Russia, the Dutch authorities can share evidence with the Strasbourg-based European court so it can be considered in individual relatives' cases.
Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement in the downing of the Boeing 777.
An international team of prosecutors investigating the case has, however, charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with involvement in bringing down the plane and the murder of all on board.
The men are on trial in a Dutch court, although none have been extradited to the Netherlands to face justice.