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Russia to veto UN SC resolution on tribunal over MH17 crash if it scores 9 votes — envoy

July 27, 2015, 19:45 UTC+3
VItaly Churkin said the resolution is aimed at creating "another hotspot of confrontation that might have far-reaching impacts on international relations"
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Russian Permanent Representative at the United Nations VItaly Churkin

Russian Permanent Representative at the United Nations VItaly Churkin

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UNITED NATIONS, July 27. /TASS/. Russia will veto the United Nations Security Council resolution on establishment of a tribunal over the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 crash in eastern Ukraine if the document enrolls required nine votes, Russian Permanent Representative at the United Nations VItaly Churkin said on Monday.

"We will vote against. I have no doubt about that. If the resolution enrolls nine or more votes, we will veto it," he said.

However he said he was sure the resolution would not be passed and noted that those advancing this resolution were obviously seeking to "create another hotspot of confrontation that might have far-reaching impacts on international relations."

The Malaysia Airlines MH17 passenger Boeing plane crashed in Ukraine’s south-eastern Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members, citizens of 10 countries, were killed in the crash. The basic version of the catastrophe causes was that the airliner was hit by a "ground-to-air" or an "air-to-air" missile. Ukrainian authorities and representatives of the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have blamed each other for the tragedy.

Currently, two draft resolutions relating to the air crash are under consideration at the UN Security Council. One of them — submitted by the Malaysian delegation - qualifies the incident as "a threat to international peace and security" and provides for the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the tragedy. The second document prepared by Russia focuses on supporting the ongoing investigation and proposes to appoint a special envoy of the UN Secretary-General to facilitate this process.

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