Russia blocked attempt to ensure justice for MH17 victim families, Lithuanian diplomat says
Thursday, July 30, 2015
By vetoing on Wednesday a UN Security Council resolution on setting up a tribunal for those responsible for the Malaysian plane MH17 tragedy, Russia blocked the way for ensuring justice for the families of the victims, Dainius Baublys, a minister counselor at Lithuania's Permanent Mission to the UN, says.
Since the moment news broke about a downed passenger plane in eastern Ukraine, Russia has adopted a pose of aggressive defensiveness, although no one was making any accusations against it. Officially, the Kremlin maintains it is not a party to the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and can, at most, act as a mediator between Kiev and the separatists. No one officially disputes that, it is as self-appointed mediator that Russia took part in the Minsk peace talks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated in a telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday that establishing an international tribunal on Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine is inexpedient.
Lithuania supports a proposal to set up a UN tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said on Friday.
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