The cabinet decided on Friday to take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for the downing of MH17. The Netherlands thus supports the individual complaints that are pending here.

"Achieving justice for 298 victims of the downing of flight MH17 and their relatives is and remains the highest priority for the cabinet," said foreign minister Stef Blok in a statement. "With the step we are taking today, by bringing a case to the ECtHR and thereby supporting the complaints of the next of kin as much as possible, we are getting closer to our goal."

The Netherlands has previously held Russia liable for the Russians' share in taking down the flight. The so-called state complaint must lead to the fact that the information the Netherlands has in the case will also become available for the cases of the next of kin.

"In this way, the Netherlands can best support the affairs of the relatives. In addition, the Netherlands also represents all 298 victims of the downing of flight MH17 and their relatives." The cases of the next of kin can lead to compensation, if the human rights court sees enough evidence in the role of Russia.

The criminal case against three Russians and a Ukrainian for their role in the downing of the flight started earlier this year. The men have had a hand in the deaths of the 298 occupants, according to the Public Prosecution Service (OM). The case will be resumed on August 31.