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Russia to Veto UN Tribunal on MH17 Crash

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By:Chronicles | July 28, 2015

Srdja Trifkovic’s live RT interview, published 28 July 2015

Results of the ongoing investigation of the MH17 crash are almost preordained because the five countries taking part in it are all politically motivated to blame Russia, Srdja Trifkovic told RT in his latest live interview for the global TV network.

RTRussia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said a tribunal [to be set up by the UN over the MH17 affair] would hardly deliver solid results. Are Churkin’s points valid concerns?

Srdja Trifkovic: Absolutely, because if we look at the actual five countries – The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Malaysia, and Ukraine – they all have an axe to grind in the proceedings. Belgium and Netherlands are NATO members; Australia is a close ally of the U.S. It is greatly to be feared that this investigation will be politically motivated, and that its results are almost preordained. The second problem is that the experience we’ve had so far with UN tribunals has been most unsatisfactory. In particular I have in mind the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, which is a political body par excellence. Let us just recall that it unsealed the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic at the height of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999. So the combination of the two – on the one side, an investigation which is most likely to be politically motivated and where it is absolutely impossible to even imagine that they would allow the possibility of Ukraine being the guilty party in the proceedings – and then the experience of these politicized tribunals...

RTYou’ve mentioned the UN tribunals. Vitaly Churkin also said that a tribunal on an air crash would be a first of its kind. So why are there calls for such a tribunal now?

ST: Because the countries which are sanctioning Russia, the countries that have a political interest in condemning Russia directly or indirectly by establishing “that it was the rebels in eastern Ukraine armed with Russian weapons that downed the plane” – that would be more grist for the mill of the propaganda machine in the Western world. Let me repeat, the experience with UN tribunals so far is that once the Secretary-General has the blank check to appoint the judges and other officials, it is done more or less on automatic pilot in the interest of the predominant political party. And of course Ban Ki-moon comes from South Korea, also a close ally of the U.S. This would be a propaganda circus with all the attendant media distortions that we’ve seen over the past year and a half. Russia is well-advised not only to veto the resolution, but to demand the establishment of a truly independent international commission of inquiry that would include representatives of the Russian side. The way this investigation has been conducted so far does not inspire any confidence whatsoever that its findings will be objective and truthful.

RTYou said that if there is a UN tribunal, there will be media distortions that come with it. Do you think that could have any effect on the official investigation the results of which we’re waiting at the moment?

ST: I think the official investigation is also an automatic pilot. Even though the proceedings are secret, once its results are unveiled in October, it’s an even bet that eastern Ukrainian “rebels” will be blamed, and indirectly Russia, of course. The scenario which is very likely, that the Ukrainians themselves were involved – what with all the hidden tapes of pre-crash conversations and so on – will not even be tackled.

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