The Netherlands, a Nation in Mourning but Mindful of Ties to Russia
Prime Minister Mark Rutte refused to go as far as President Obama, saying at a news conference on Friday that he was not yet convinced that the plane had been taken down by a missile.
“It seems MH17 was shot down, but we have no exact information on what caused the disaster,” Mr. Rutte said on state television.
We are a small country, dependent on our exports, and unlike the United States, we cannot always react from our moral high grounds,” [Alexander Pechtold, one of the country’s main opposition leaders, who heads D66, a liberal democratic party.] said. “Still, if it is proven that the Russians have their fingerprints on this horrible event, we cannot look in the other direction.”
(*I'm submitting the point in the article that deserves attention , however the NY Times goes on to spin that the comment is an attempt by Rutte to kiss the @$$ of Russia . which is , of course , nonsense .)