EU 'regrets' Russian veto of UN MH17 resolution
The EU announced that it regretted as a "setback" a Russian veto of a UN resolution on setting up an international tribunal to hold accountable those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine last year.
"We very much regret that the UN Security Council last night did not adopt due to the veto of Russia the resolution on the downing of MH17," European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said in Brussels on Thursday, according to an UNIAN corrsespondent.
"This resolution would have established a binding and credible mechanism for prosecuting those responsible for this terrible tragedy," Kocijancic said.
Kocijancic added that, regardless of this setback, the work must continue so that those who are either directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of MH17 are held accountable.
11 of the 15 members of the Security Council voted late Wednesday in favour of the resolution to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of the Malaysian airliner on July 17, 2014 that killed all 298 people aboard.
As UNIAN reported ealier, Russia vetoed the resolution, drafted by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
China, Angola and Venezuela abstained.
The United States, Great Britain and France supported the draft.
Meahwhile, the Kremlin has been consistently denying any involvement in this crime, accusing the Ukrainian forces instead.