May 25, 2018 / 11:12 AM / a year ago

Russia's Lavrov says discussed MH17 by phone with Dutch counterpart - TASS

A damaged missile is displayed during a news conference by members of the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine who present interim results in the ongoing investigation of the 2014 MH17 crash that killed 298 people over eastern Ukraine, in Bunnik, Netherlands, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had spoken to his Dutch counterpart by phone about the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014, the TASS news agency reported on Friday.

The Netherlands said earlier on Friday it held the Russian state responsible for the downing of the aircraft and a Dutch cabinet statement said a “possible” next step would be presenting the case to an international court.

Lavrov said his Dutch counterpart had been unable to provide evidence of Russia’s involvement in the downing of the passenger plane, TASS reported.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Larry King

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