Russia: We Do Not Want MH17 Tribunal

The Russian Deputy foreign minister, Gennadiy Gatilov, has rejected plans for a UN tribunal to try those responsible for downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine last year. 

We are against it .. it is not timely and counterproductive“, he told Russian news agencies.

Yahoo News reports:

The Netherlands, Malaysia and three other countries want a UN tribunal to investigate the July 2014 crash, which killed all 298 people passengers and crew.

The Boeing 777 passenger jet was travelling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine, during some of the worst fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists who took up arms against Kiev’s pro-Western government a few months earlier.

Suspicions immediately fell on the separatists, who may have used a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to shoot down the plane.

But Moscow flatly denied it was involved and pointed a finger instead at Ukraine’s military.

The five countries of the Joint Investigation Team — Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine — met last week in New York to discuss the proposed international tribunal.

Gatilov said the investigation should be completed before any further steps are taken.

“Now we must wait until the end of the investigation rather than adopt hasty resolutions on creating a tribunal,” he said, adding that “the issue is very sensitive and serious and must be thoroughly studied.”