Boxing Day on Red Square sets new Guinness recordSport July 23, 8:33
Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
Agreements on East Ghouta zone in Syria signed - Defense MinistryWorld July 22, 14:20
PAK FA offers practically unlimited opportunities to pilot - commanderMilitary & Defense July 22, 11:29
Ukraine's National Broadcasting Board issues fine to Public Radio for 0% Urkainian songsWorld July 22, 5:39
Femen movement activists faces 5 years in jail for trying to frustrate summit meetingWorld July 22, 4:38
Russian Deputy PM dismisses allegations he will arrive in Moldova on warplaneRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 22, 2:46
MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. The chairman of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachyov, regards the idea of creating an international tribunal for investigating the loss of Malaysia’s flight MH17 over Ukraine last summer as an attempt to whitewash Ukraine and put the blame for the events in its territory on Russia.
"That idea pursued a very different, sole aim - that of whitewashing Ukraine, making it immune to responsibility whatever had happened in reality, and making Russia alone responsible for everything that has been happening in Ukraine and to Ukraine. Even if there is no legal or human logic about that. It’s all about geopolitics," Kosachyov writes in his blog on the official website of the upper house of parliament.
Kosachyov believes the very fact that Ukraine was among the co-authors the UN Security Council's draft resolution on the creation of an international tribunal to probe into the causes of the disaster is a clear sign that country has been "guaranteed" a favorable outcome of the still incomplete investigation.
"Extracting one episode from the Ukrainian drama and making it the focal point of a tribunal is a clear attempt at preventing the investigation of all other aspects of the Ukrainian events," Kosachyov said.
He recalled that the cases in which the idea of international UN tribunals had materialized in the past were very few. In all such instances the initiative stemmed from the actual inability of the national judicial system in the countries concerned to administer justice.
"Yesterday’s idea of creating a tribunal by no means corresponds to the UN Charter. The investigation has not been completed yet. No culprits have been identified. And there has been nothing like collapse of the judicial branch of power in Ukraine where the disaster occurred and where justice is to be administered," Kosachyov said.