Russian Veto on US-Controlled MH17 Tribunal
by Stephen Lendman
The whole world SHOULD know neither Russia or Donbass freedom fighters downed MH17, killing all passengers and crew members aboard during flight over Southeastern Ukraine's war zone. Accusations otherwise are tiresome Big Lies. They wore thin long ago.
Kiev and Washington bear full responsibility for what happened - a thinly veiled scheme to wrongfully blame Russia and Donbass for their criminality. Moscow's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called Washington's scheme to establish an MH17 tribunal it controls for supposedly holding responsible parties accountable "a grandiose political show" with no legitimacy whatever.
MH17 international tribunal - drafted by Malaysia on behalf of its government, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine, together conspiring in coverup, the whole process manipulated by Washington to blame the wrong parties for what happened and absolve culpable ones. Moscow opposes an attempt to establish a rigged process.
It's entirely out of line to consider the MH17 incident a "threat to international peace and security" - the wrongheaded language Washington demands. "No international tribunals have been established before in accordance with UN Charter Chapter VII on civilian plane crashes," Churkin explained. The draft resolution doesn't mention one specifically. It calls for "bringing to justice all those guilty in the air crash." It requires "cooperation from all countries until the international investigation is completed."
A Kremlin press release said Putin "confirmed Moscow's position on the inexpediency of establishing an international tribunal remains unchanged. Many questions still remain to be answered, including about collected evidence and denying Russia access to a significant part in the process." "The Russian side stressed readiness for close cooperation with the aim of finding causes and circumstances of this tragedy.
Putin explained the importance of fully implementing Security Council Resolution 2166 - calling for a full and comprehensive investigation of what happened. He "noted that the draft resolution put forward by Russia is aimed at coordinating with the tasks outlined in Resolution 2166. Regret was expressed in connection with the fact that countries calling for establishing an international tribunal on Malaysia Airlines plane crash, did not support this compromise draft."
Washington rejected Moscow's alternative resolution calling for more investigatory transparency - instead of secrecy maintained and excluding Russia from access to information collected. The Kremlin criticized Ban Ki-moon for not appointing a special representative to investigate the incident - one of many services he performs for the imperial interests he represents.
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