Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Russia has doubts about draft UN crash resolution

Vitaley-Churkin_m Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. (Source: Reuters)
Associated Press | Canberra | Posted: July 21, 2014 9:08 am | Updated: July 21, 2014 9:29 am

Russia’s U.N. ambassador says his country still has reservations about the wording of an Australian-proposed Security Council resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says an urgent vote could take place as early as Monday on the resolution, and she expects all 15 council members to support the proposal.

But Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Sunday that Moscow is concerned the draft “does not accurately reflect the need for an impartial, international investigation.”

He says Russia proposes that the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, take the lead. Australia’s proposal welcomes ICAO’s decision “to send a team to assist” Ukrainian investigators.

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