International tribunal for MH17 would be premature - Russian Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes the establishment of an international tribunal to scrutinize the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine in 2014 would be premature and counterproductive.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes the establishment of an international tribunal to scrutinize the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine in 2014 would be premature and counterproductive.

"It has been emphasized that raising the issue of establishing an MH17 international tribunal would be premature and counterproductive," the ministry said.

Moscow calls for "returning to the legal framework of Resolution 2166, which remains the only acceptable basis for cooperation of the international community in establishing the cause of the Malaysian airliner's destruction and preventing similar incidents in the future," it said.

Moreover, the establishment of an international tribunal by the UN Security Council is not an appropriate mechanism to punish the guilty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The establishment of an international tribunal by a UN Security Council decision is not an appropriate mechanism for holding guilty those liable in this case," it said.

Moscow doubts "the very principle of establishing international judicial mechanisms through UN Security Council decisions, which has been seriously criticized by many states and in the expert community," the ministry said.

"Until present, there have been no precedents of the establishment of international tribunals for prosecuting individuals responsible for acts aimed against civil aviation," it said.

"The haste with which the resolution was promoted and its broad coverage give grounds to think that some states are trying to find a pretext for taking advantage of the MH17 tragedy to put pressure on Russia," it said.

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