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UNSC Makes No Decision on Resolution to Create Tribunal Into MH17 Crash

© Sputnik / Igor Maslov / Go to the photo bankDutch and Malaysian experts visit site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash
Dutch and Malaysian experts visit site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash - Sputnik International
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Members of the UN Security Council did not take any decision at Monday's consultation on a draft resolution to establish a UN tribunal to investigate the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Envoy to UN Vitaly Churkin said.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Last week, Malaysia submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the creation of an independent UN tribunal to identify and prosecute those responsible for the downing of the plane.

"Solid results or agreements have not been reached, but it is important that we left with an intention to find a common ground," Churkin told reporters in New York after the consultation on Monday.

He added that a date for a new consultation or a vote on the draft had not been set.

Churkin reiterated Russia's position that the Security Council should not engage in the creation of criminal courts and should focus on assisting "to make a real progress in the investigation."

The Russian Foreign Ministry considers Malaysian initiative both premature and counterproductive. Moscow has advised waiting for the Dutch Safety Board to release their final report on the crash, expected in October 2015.

On Monday, Russia has submitted to the UN Security Council its own draft resolution on the issue, urging to enhance the United Nations’ role in the investigation.

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