Russia wants the United Nations to play a greater role in supervising an investigation into what caused the downing of the MH17 passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.
In a proposal that emerged at the United Nations on July 20, Russia not only rejects a leading proposal backed by the West to create a UN tribunal to prosecute those who shot down the plane, it is questioning the impartiality of an investigation being conducted by the Netherlands and four other countries into the incident.
Russia’s move comes after a leaked draft of the investigators’ report showed they are leaning toward blaming the crash on Russian-backed separatists who allegedly shot the plane down with a Russian-made missile over eastern Ukraine.
Russia and the separatists have rejected those allegations, and insist that the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. All 298 passengers and crew on board were killed.