PACE adopts resolution on downed MH17 by Russia

PACE adopts resolution on downed MH17 by Russia

PACE adopted a resolution on the downing of MH17 by Russia

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe unanimously approved a resolution on the involvement responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

According to Ukrinform, 80 out of 81 deputies voted in favor of the resolution, none voted against, one abstained.

During the voting King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was present in the session hall. 198 Dutch citizens were the victims of the attack on the plane.

“Based on the evidence provided to the speaker by the Ukrainian and Dutch authorities, the Assembly considers the most convincing scenario that flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile provided by pro-Russian armed formations by the Russian army,” the PACE resolution notes.

The Assembly has no doubt that the criminal courts of the Netherlands, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will timely decide on the criminal liability of the accused, as well as the responsibility of the Russian state in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights and other international conventions, the document says.

PACE is concerned that the Russian authorities did not cooperate in good faith with the flight safety investigation. The resolution, in particular, notes: “The Russian authorities have gone so far as to present falsified data from radars, satellites and other data in order to hide the truth. In particular, the allegations that a Ukrainian SU25 or MiG29 fighter shot down MH17 have been completely debunked, as has the allegation that a Ukrainian Buk missile fired from government-controlled territory was the cause of the crash.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich