Moscow views the idea of a number of countries establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) crash in southeastern Ukraine in July 2014 as premature and politicized, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a UN Security Council session that considered this proposal on July 30.
"The Russian Federation, which did its best to prevent a split in the UN Security Council and put the issue on a constructive track, did not see fit to pass a politicized decision imposed on the Security Council and voted against it," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Our insistent explanations as to why this step would be untimely and counterproductive, as it did not have precedents in the past and would have been made long before the completion of the ongoing investigation into the circumstances of the plane's loss, were not accepted," it said.
It was reported that the UN Security Council held a session on July 29 to consider a proposal by a number of countries on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those guilty of the Malaysian plane's crash in southeastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
"Russia condemns the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 by unidentified individuals and once again expresses its deepest condolences to the relatives of all passengers and crewmembers who fell victim to this monstrous tragedy. We have relentlessly stressed our commitment to the unavoidability of punishment for those who committed this crime," it said.
Since the moment the UN Security Council passed resolution 2166 on July 21, 2014, which still remains the only foundation of international cooperation in the interests of an independent and transparent investigation into the airliner's loss acceptable to all, Russia has repeatedly come up with proposals in favor of fully employing the Security Council's potential in the ongoing investigations.
"This is precisely what a draft UN Security Council resolution drawn up by Russia was aimed at, in which we proposed, proceeding from resolution 2166, that UN mechanisms be extensively employed in order to complete a full, transparent, and trustworthy international investigation into the disaster as soon as possible, so that the most appropriate formula for a judicial proceeding be found after that. Only the full implementation of resolution 2166 can help us to understand who is to blame and who must be punished," it said.
Moscow regrets that its initiative was not accepted, the Foreign Ministry said. "Instead of this, they preferred to hastily put their version of setting up an international tribunal to vote at the Council, without having discussed other options," the Foreign Ministry said.
"We would once again like to reaffirm our commitment to a careful and impartial international investigation into the Malaysian airliner's crash," it said.
"Russia will continue to apply as energetic efforts as it can to provide all possible assistance to the investigation into the disaster," it said.
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