Furious Dutch prime minister tells Putin to exert his influence.
In a short news conference, Rutte said he had just had a ‘very intense’ phone call with Russian president Vladimir Putin. 'I told him “time is running out for you to show the world that you have good intentions, that you will take responsibility”,’ Rutte said.
Putin now 'has to show that he will do what is expected of him and will exert his influence,’ the Dutch prime minister said.
'It is 35 degrees there. The bodies need to be recovered now. I want to see results, unhindered access and the repatriation of the victims.’
The phone conversation with Putin was 'very personal’, the Dutch prime minister said.
‘I think the entire Dutch population knows people who directly or indirectly know someone who was on board. There were 80 people under the age of 18, of whom 23 were under the age of 12 and three were babies. It is too terrible for words.’
Images of rebels holding up children’s toys were 'too disgusting for words’, Rutte said. Such action is also hindering the investigation into the crash, he said.
Earlier on Saturday, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans met Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in Kiev and told him the Netherlands was 'angry, furious’ at the news that bodies were being dragged around the crash site,
Malaysia Airlines released the full passenger list on Saturday. The Dutch death toll is now put at 193, out of 298 people on board the plane.
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Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans Gives Perfect Response To Horror Of MH17
Amid the recriminations and blame that has descended into a Cold War of words between Russia and the West over the downing of flight MH17, the victims have been robbed of their dignity, laid bare in this powerful speech by the Dutch Foreign Minister.
Pausing at times to contain his emotion, Frans Timmermans spoke to the United Nations of his shock at the treatment of the bodies, the indignity of the news coverage, and the obfuscation of the details of the crash.
“Did they lock hands with their loved ones, did they hold their children close to their hearts?” His voice began to tremble as he continued. “Did they look each other in the eyes, one final time, in a wordless goodbye? We will never know.”
Just for one minute, not addressing you as representatives of your countries, but as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, just imagine that you first get the news that your husband was killed and then within two or three days you see images of some thug removing the wedding band from their hands. Just imagine that this could be your spouse.
To my dying day, I will not understand that it took so much time for the rescue workers to be allowed to do their difficult jobs, and that human remains should be used in a political game. If someone here, around the table, talks about a political game, this is the political game that has been played with human remains, and it is despicable. I hope the world will not have to witness this again any time in the future.
Images of children’s toys being tossed around, luggage being opened, and passports including passports of children being shown on television — they are turning our grief and mourning into anger of the whole nation.
Minister Frans Timmermans from the Netherlands on flight MH17