U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo made the following statement on March 8.
The United States welcomes tomorrow’s commencement of the criminal trial in the Netherlands of four individuals indicted for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. As the trial begins, we recall the U.N. Security Council’s demand that “those responsible… be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.” All of those indicted are members of Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine. We call upon all states to cooperate in efforts to establish accountability, in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2166.
This trial is a critical moment in the search for justice for the families and friends of the 298 individuals who lost their lives on July 17, 2014.