WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and its European allies forced a UN Security Council vote on the MH17 tribunal resolution on Wednesday because they knew Russia would cast what the Western powers hope to frame as an incriminating veto, experts told Sputnik.
“What they [the United States and its allies] are going to say, with the support of Western media propaganda, is that Russia vetoed the [UN MH17] resolution because it was scared that it would be indicted,” Centre for Research on Globalization Director Michel Chossudovsky told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute the perpetrators of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine.
The Western media, Chossudovsky argued, will develop a storyline that the Russians voted against the resolution to prevent a probe into who is responsible for the MH17 crash because it might point to the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
"Washington and its European allies have been attempting to manipulate the evidence because what they seek in this tribunal is to accuse Russia,” Chossudovsky said. “We can call it a kangaroo court, but that’s insulting the kangaroos.”
All of the evidence gathered to date by OSCE monitors, Dutch investigators and a brave BBC reporter, Chossudovsky elaborated, indicate that the MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air attack, which rules out allegations that the plane was downed by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine using land-to-air weaponry.
Swedish Doctors for Human Rights Chairman Marcello Ferrada de Noli told Sputnik that Western public are constantly spoon-fed Russophobic propaganda, and the political motives of UN members will render the tribunal verdict a fait accompli.
“The governments and media in those countries that would be integrating the committee [UN tribunal] have already, without exhibiting beyond-doubt proof, ascribed the MH17 crash to the Donbass militia,” de Noli said.
Introducing the UN MH17 tribunal resolution only fuels the unfortunate new “Cold War” that has been restarted to serve the military and financial interests of the Western powers, de Noli added.
On Wednesday, Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said "there are no grounds" for the creation of the tribunal. Churkin also said, however, that Russia is ready to continue assisting a thorough and objective investigation into the causes and circumstances of the Boeing 777 crash.
The Dutch Safety Board, authorized to conduct an investigation into the MH17 incident, released a preliminary report on the crash in September 2014, revealing that the plane broke up in mid-air after being hit by a number of high-energy objects penetrating the plane from the outside.