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A lawsuit against Russia over the downing of flight MH17 in 2014 aims to pressure the country to acknowledge responsibility and obtain compensation for the families of the victims.

“We hope to bring Russia back to the negotiating table and for those negotiations to make it admit and accept responsibility and in doing so compensate the victims of the downing of MH17,” Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told ABC. RN breakfast.

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham wants compensation for families of MH17 victims. Alex Ellinghausen

“This next step was the next logical step to take in seeking to expose the truth and hold Russia accountable for horrific acts.”

Australia, which is taking legal action against the Netherlands through the International Civil Aviation Organization, is seeking an admission of guilt from Russia and reparations for the families who lost loved ones.

If Russia does not cooperate, Birmingham has warned it could see its rights through the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency, suspended.

“It is an important rule-making body for the operation of international airlines. And that would essentially rob Russia of its ability to influence those kinds of rules,” he said.

“We know that as we see them exercising their veto power in the UN Security Council or elsewhere, they (Russia) cherish their ability to shape and influence world affairs.”

Australia also announced new sanctions against 33 Russian oligarchs and businessmen following the invasion of Ukraine.

Birmingham believes cumulative Western sanctions are having a bigger effect than people initially thought.

“These kinds of things affect the Russian economy and ensure that this price is paid for the horrific atrocities that Vladimir Putin and Russia are committing against the Ukrainian people,” he said.

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