MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. Russia has vetoed the UN Security Council resolution on establishing an international tribunal on MH17 crash in Ukraine in July 2014 as "deliberately biased and illegal approach," Chairperson of State Duma’s Committee on Security and Fighting Corruption Irina Yarovaya told TASS on Thursday.
"Russia demands full investigation and bringing those guilty to justice because such position is in line with principles of international law and security," Yarovaya said.
As a permanent member of UN Security Council, Russia vetoed "deliberately biased and illegal approach," the lawmaker noted. "Our country stands for honesty and truth and against flagrant political farce," she stressed.
On Thursday, Russia vetoed the United Nations Security Council resolution on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute persons guilty of the MH17 plane crash over Ukraine on July 17, 2014 on Wednesday.
Eleven Security Council members voted for the Malaysia-proposed draft, which, in fact, was enough for its adoption but Russia used its right of veto.
Another three countries, including Angola, Venezuela and China, abstained from voting.
The two-page Malaysia-proposed draft resolution classifies the incident as a threat to international peace and security and provides for the creation of a tribunal under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter in pursuit of a single goal - to prosecute persons responsible for the crimes linked to the destruction of the Malaysia Airlines plane (flight MH17). The statute (charter) of the proposed tribunal, which supplements the draft resolution, demands that all countries should cooperate with the future legal body in full measure.
On 17 July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Most passengers - 193 people - were Dutch nationals. The suspected cause of the crash is that the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The Dutch Safety Board is conducting the investigation.