UNITED NATIONS — Russia said Thursday it is opposed to a U.N. resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.
Controversy continues over who downed the plane, bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board.
Ukraine and the West suspect it was destroyed by a Russian surface-to-air missile fired by Russian soldiers or Russia-backed separatist rebels fighting in the area of eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies that and Russian officials and state media have alleged the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian missile or a warplane.
Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Petr Iliichev, asked Thursday whether Russia would push against adoption of the resolution, replied: “Yes.”
“It’s not a good time and it’s counterproductive,” Iliichev said.
The resolution was prepared by the five countries investigating the crash — Malaysia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia and Belgium. It was drafted drafted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which can be enforced militarily. It was unclear when the resolution could be voted on.