Australia and the Netherlands have launched legal proceedings against Russia through the International Civil Aviation Organization for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
The legal action could compel Russia to take part in stalled negotiations with the two countries, and could also result in it being penalised by the United Nations-linked organisation that is responsible for the administration of international aviation law.
Australia and the Netherlands have been seeking compensation and an apology from the Russian federation for the MH17 disaster, in which 298 people, including 38 Australians, died when it was shot down over Ukraine in 2014.
Ria van der Steen, who lost her father and stepmother in the MH17 crash, is preparing to give testimony in court in the trial of four men charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
However, Russia, which has denied involvement despite the findings of an international investigation, unilaterally withdrew from negotiations with the two countries in October 2020.
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