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UN resolution for MH17 crash tribunal vetoed by Russia

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Vitaly Churkin, Russian Ambassador, to the United Nations votes to veto on a draft resolution for establishing a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the MH17 flight during a Security council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on July 29, 2015. Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine

With the UN Security Council on July 29 voting on a resolution for the establishment of an international tribunal for trying perpetrators of the downing of MH17 passenger plane, Russia has used its veto much to international condemnation.

It was the sole nation at the 15-member UN Security Council to oppose the move, while Angola, China and Venezuela abstained from the vote.

Malaysia pushed for an international tribunal to try those responsible and the move was backed by the Netherlands – which had 196 nationals on board – Ukraine, Belgium and Australia, BBC reports.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reacted to the Russian veto calling it an «an affront to the memory of the 298 victims of MH17 and their families and friends».

She unveiled Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Belgium would seek an alternative prosecution mechanism, without giving further details.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated: «There can be no reason to oppose this [draft resolution] unless you are a perpetrator yourself.»

Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, explained his country’s actions, noting that any criminal prosecutions would have been carried out in a «closed fashion».

Moscow drafted an alternative resolution that did suggest organising a tribunal, but called for a full international investigation.

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  1. Linda says:

    If Russia was not one of the guilty parties, her government would have agreed to tribunal so that the blame could be apportioned elsewhere … but obviously doesn’t want tribunal poking itself into more “dirty secrets”!

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