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Kiska: Russia fears investigation into downing of MH17

A COUNTRY that wants to talk about truth and influence the fate of other countries is afraid of an investigation and is also lying, President Andrej Kiska said July 30, the TARS newswire reported. 

President Andrej Kiska (Source: TASR )

Kiska commented Russia’s veto of a UN resolution on creating an international tribunal for investigating the downing of a Malaysia Airlines aircraft in eastern Ukraine in July of last year. He stated that Russia is attempting to evade justice before the entire world. Meanwhile, everybody wants Russia to become a real friend and partner, he said. 

“[Russian President] Vladimir Putin, unfortunately, has made his country into something that every free-thinking person only shakes their head at in disbelief,” Kiska wrote on social media. “I like Russian culture, and I value Russian people, so I believe that the Russian intellect will soon overcome this ideological machinery and that Russia will become a trustworthy partner.”

Moscow did not back the setting up of the tribunal, stating that there is no reason to do so and that the issue does not come under the remit of the UN Security Council. At the same time it cast doubt on an investigation under Dutch leadership.

A binding resolution would set up a tribunal that would prosecute those found responsible for the downing of the aircraft that claimed the lives of the 298 people on board.

Ukraine and the West claim that the aircraft was shot down by pro-Russian separatists, while Moscow denies any involvement in the incident, according to TASR.

Also the Foreign Ministry expressed regret over the fact that members of the UN Security Council have failed to reach a consensus regarding the formation of the tribunal 

We consider the barbaric act of shooting down civilian flight MH17 to be an inexcusable crime,  said ministry spokesman Peter Stano, as quoted by TASR.

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