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Russian deputy says initiators of motion on MH17 tribunal sought confrontation, hysteria

July 30, 2015, 8:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A new spiral of information war against Russia has been launched, deputy Frants Klintsevich, a member of the Duma committee for defense believes

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MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. Initiators of the motion to set up a tribunal for criminal prosecution of the people guilty of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 crash over eastern Ukraine were seeking to fan confrontation and hysteria in reality rather than to get truth about the tragedy, deputy Frants Klintsevich, a member of the Duma committee for defense told reporters on Wednesday.

"A new spiral of information war against Russia has been launched," he said.

"What was to happen has happened and there can be no questions to Russia in this situation," Klintsevich said.

"By vetoing the resolution on a UN tribunal for MH17, Russia used the right it has as a permanent member of the UN Security Council," he said.

"Once again, we should praise the farsightedness of the founding fathers of the UN, who realized that truth far from always stays with the majority," Klintsevich said.

Klintsevich said he was confident this resolution was not to be considered by the UN Security Council even on purely formal grounds.

"Appropriate documents clearly state all the prerogatives of the council and the MH17 case doesn’t match the list in any way," Klintsevich said. "The problem is the West has long sacrificed legal formalities for political stratagems."

"It’s obvious that the setting up of a tribunal won’t take investigation of the essence of the case an inch ahead," he said. "We’re dealing with a sheer propaganda action that seeks to affect the public opinion, which is gradually inclining towards cooperation with Russia."

The UN Security Council failed to endorse a resolution on criminal prosecution of the people responsible for the crash of flight MH17. A total of eleven members of the Council voted in favor of the resolution — the number of votes sufficient for its endorsement, but Russia used its right to veto and blocked the document.

Another three countries — Angola, Venezuela and China — abstained from voting.

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777-200ER crashed on July 17, 2014, in the east of Ukraine’s much-troubled embattled Donetsk region while performing flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All the 283 passengers and 15 crew members died.

It is widely believed that it might have been brought down by a surface-to-air or air-to-air missile.

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