Russia vetoed the UN draft resolution on July 29 that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Federation has used its veto to block a draft resolution, and it was the only nation at the 15-member UN Security Council to oppose the move, causing widespread condemnation.
Russia before the consideration of the tribunal establishment refused even to negotiate on this resolution on the International Criminal Tribunal a Statute, blocking the meaningful talks, stated Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin attended UN Security Council.
Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine have appealed to the Security Council to form a tribunal to bring to account those guilty of shooting down the MH17 passenger plane over Donbas a year ago. Russia denies its involvement into the crash.
The jetliner carried 298 people, all of whom were killed. It is believed to have been destroyed by a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies its involvement into the conflict. Most of the Flight 17 victims were Dutch, and the Netherlands has been leading an international inquiry into the cause of the downing. Conflicts over how to hold those behind the disaster accountable have raised tensions between Russia and the Netherlands.