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Moscow slams calls to establish international tribunal on MH17 crash

July 14, 2015, 15:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Moscow has a lot of important questions the weak evidential base and attempts to prevent Russia from playing a substantial role in the investigation
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Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

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MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. Russia believes the proposal to set up an international tribunal on the MH17 crash in Ukraine is premature and counterproductive, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Russian side calls for "returning to the legal framework of Resolution 2166, which is the only appropriate basis for cooperation of the international community to establish the causes of the crash of the Malaysian aircraft and the prevention of similar incidents in the future."

"The Russian side still has a lot of important questions, concerning, in particular, the weak evidential base and attempts to prevent Russia from playing a substantial role in the investigation," the ministry said. "Russian experts were actually denied equal and full access to the materials available at the international unit for technical investigation."

"It’s regrettable that Russia’s proposals to organize an international investigation in such a way as to make it most transparent, to actively use the UN Security Council mechanisms have been blocked. Russia’s repeated calls to use the Council for monitoring the implementation of its Resolution 2166 have been consistently ignored."

"The Russian side has a lot of other serious questions and claims to the way the investigation is organized and conducted, including in terms of compliance with the rules and standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The questions relating to the investigation whose list was circulated by Russia at the UN Security Council in September 2014 have been left with no clear response. In particular, the need remains for providing the military sector’s negotiations on the day of the disaster by the Ukrainian side, the information on the number of available and used air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, the flight plans of the Ukrainian military aircraft, the data of the movement of Ukrainian military equipment, providing explanations for increased activity of the Ukrainian radar stations."

Therefore, it must be noted that Resolution 2166 establishing clear and professionally verified requirements to the investigation of the accident, has not been implemented over the past year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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