Further sanctions against Russia ‘an option’ - Dutch Foreign Minister
8 December, 2014

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders visited Ukraine to recover five more bodies of MH17 victims. They were sent to the Netherlands after a solemn ceremony in the Kharkiv airport. At the press conference in Kyiv, Bert Koenders underlined that the investigation of MH17 crash is being conducted by the Dutch side meticulously and professionally, and called on all parties to refrain from conclusions before it is completed. Dutch Minister his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin also discussed the situation in the Eastern Ukraine with: both agreed that ceasefire is constantly violated and more needs to be done to ensure control of the Ukrainian border with Russia. Koenders said that the Netherlands see no reason at the moment to lift sanctions against Russia, and that all options remain open when it comes to further sanctions.