Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned Vladamir Putin he has “one last chance” to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of flight MH17.
ABC News Australia reported:
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia’s president has “one last chance” to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board.
Mr Rutte’s comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site.
Minutes after what he described as a “very intense” conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: “He has one last chance to show he means to help.”
Mr Rutte said the leaders of Germany, Britain and Australia also shared his view.
“I was shocked at the pictures of utterly disrespectful behaviour at this tragic spot,” he said, referring to allegations that bodies of the passengers, including 193 of his countrymen, were being allowed to rot at the scene.
Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said people in the Netherlands are “angry and furious” by news that bodies are being dragged around the site.
It’s a bold statement, but honestly, what are the Dutch going to do to Putin?