MH17: who hampers the investigation (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

After the failure of the hastily arranged Security Council vote on a resolution that hadn't been properly debated, Russia is once again being accused of creating obstacles for justice for the victims of the MH17 disaster. These official statements and media coverage come as no surprise to us. However, let's face the facts.

Russia was the first state to demand a full and independent investigation of this abhorrent crime. We did everything to ensure an early adoption of Security Council Resolution 2166 that not only insisted on a proper investigation, but also, at Russia's intitiative, provided for an immediate ceasefire at the crash area. The Russian Defence Ministry has been the only one among its counterparts to publish its satellite data relevant for establishing the truth. We have declassified certain technical documentation related to the Buk missiles and provided the Netherlands with a thorough analysis of possible Buk involvement in the downing of the aircraft, performed by experts of the Almaz-Antey Corporation, the missiles' manufacturer.

We have been calling upon the Security Council to remain actively involved in the investigation by, for instance, inviting the Secretary-General to appoint a special envoy for MH-17 or to provide the Council with wide-ranging proposals as to how it could help the investigation in a most efficient way. Finally, we introduced an alternative draft resolution that would encourage the investigation to be more speedy, transparent and comprehensive, rather than politicise the matter further by creating an unprecedented tribunal that would have to operate under immense political pressure.

Why the rush? Is it to help the investigation, or rather in its stead? Justice must be seen being done. So far we have seen nothing. Our partners preferred a vote that is impossible to explain by any other motive except seeking a fresh pretext to point a finger at Russia. It is only to be regretted that the unity and authority of the Security Council has once again become hostage to political ambitions that have nothing to do either with justice or with a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine in its entirety. For its part, Russia will continue to seek both.