Russia blocks MH17 tribunal draft resolution at UNSC

Russia has blocked a Malaysian-proposed draft resolution at the UN Security Council to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 flight crash in Ukraine in July 2014.

Russia has blocked a Malaysian-proposed draft resolution at the UN Security Council to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 flight crash in Ukraine in July 2014.

Eleven UN Security Council members backed the draft resolution, Russia voted against it, and another three states abstained.

The document was not passed because Russia, which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, voted against it.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier described the idea of establishing such an international tribunal as "premature and illogical".

Russia submitted its own draft resolution, which was debated as a closed-door session of the UN Security Council last week. In particular, this document says that "it is necessary to determine the true reasons behind this air accident in order to bring those guilty to justice." The document, however, says nothing about setting up an international tribunal for this matter.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said after the session: "It seems to me that this rush [with creating such a tribunal] has been overcome, and it will be possible to reach a worthy decision if one works calmly and thoroughly. I hope that this will happen."

However, a decision was then adopted to debate the Malaysian-proposed draft resolution. Russia made it clear that it would not allow this document to be passed and would use its veto right, should such a need arise.

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